A Lunar Analog Research Station Project in India

August 2, 2009

The idea that India may want to consider creating its own Lunar Analog Research Station was introduced in a series of articles by Peter Kokh and David Dunlop in the Moon Miners' Manifesto - India Quarterly #3, published July 5, 2009, pages 18-23

These articles included suggestion of a number of suitable sites, one in Rajasthan, the others in Ladakh (Kashmir), Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand - all minimally vegetated desert areas, most of them in Himalayan rain-shadow valleys.

India's great success with Chandrayaan-1, its planned follow-up mission Chandrayaan-2 and -3, and the announcement of a Manned Space program all make such a development a logical step to both excite public support and understanding and to set the stage for an eventual moon-landing by an Indian crew, to be followed by an Indian outpost, possibly in connection with the [Moon Society] proposed International Lunar Research Park.

Pradeep Mohandes, former President of SEDS-India [6 Indian Chapters of The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space] quickly took ownership of the idea and has been developing a step by step way to phase this idea into something real.

Pradeep Mohandas
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