Should India aim for a manned space mission by 2022?

MUMBAI • The back of India's new Rs2,000 (S$38) banknote sports an unusual picture: the Mangalyaan spacecraft, whose successful mission to orbit Mars in 2014 unleashed a wave of nationalistic pride.

Now Mr Narendra Modi has an even more eye-catching goal for India's space programme. In his annual Independence Day speech last month, the charismatic Prime Minister promised that India would send a person into space within four years, becoming only the fourth country to do so alongside the United States, Russia and China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Should India aim for a manned space mission by 2022?'. Subscribe