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    ISRO considering manned space mission: Nair

    Bhopal, Aug. 9 (PTI): India's space agency is "seriously considering" a manned mission to space and will prepare a report on new capsule technologies that could be used in the project within a year, its Chairman G Madhavan Nair said today.

    "We are seriously considering a manned space mission but will have to study newer technologies to develop capsules to send men to space and bring them back safely," Nair told a press conference here.

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) expects to prepare a report on the new technologies within a year and send it to the government for approval, he said.

    In response to a query, Nair said a mission to Mars was at a conceptual stage and ISRO was considering a project to send a satellite to the red planet.

    ISRO's unmanned mission to the moon will be launched next year, he said.

    The agency will soon start 12 village resources centres in Madhya Pradesh that will act as a single window delivery mechanism for a variety of space-based products and services like tele-medicine, tele-education and application of remote sensing data, he said.

    The centres will provide information on natural resources for planning and development at the local level and offer interactive advisories on agriculture, fisheries, land and water resources management, e-governance and weather, he said.

    Under another project, all schools in Sidhi have been connected through the Edusat satellite, enabling students to receive quality education and guidance from expert teachers, Nair said.


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