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Indian Manned missions to Moon?

Chandrayaan 3 is a grand success. Chandrayaan 3 stands as a remarkable achievement, underscoring India’s prowess in the field of lunar exploration. The nation has now demonstrated its technical expertise in successfully executing missions to the Moon, culminating in the safe landing of robotic missions on the lunar surface. This achievement places India in the esteemed company of the fourth country to accomplish this feat with unmanned spacecraft, marking a significant milestone in India’s space exploration endeavors.

India has mastered robotic missions to moon. Next logical step would be manned missions to Moon, something which Americans did over fifty years ago, back in 1969. 

It is imperative that India shifts its focus towards the development of heavy lift rockets, as SpaceX’s Starship has proven its viability. India must confront this reality promptly, as the nation faces a critical choice. Either India will become reliant on Starship as a customer for its heavy lift needs, or it must embark on the journey to create a homegrown equivalent to the Starship. The clock is ticking, and the need for decisive action is clear.

India of 2023 is not India of 1947. We have come a long way. Our nation has traversed a remarkable journey, evolving into the world’s fourth-largest economy. Our strides in the realm of space exploration are nothing short of impressive, with the capability to launch payloads into Low Earth Orbit, Geo Synchronous Orbit, and even missions to the Moon and Mars. We have nurtured cutting-edge spacecraft technologies, encompassing communication, remote sensing, navigation, and specialized military applications. Furthermore, we have honed our expertise in lunar and Martian exploration, culminating in successful soft landings on the Moon on 23rd Aug 2023. Our human spaceflight program is about to come to fruition as early as next year.

I firmly believe that India should decisively commit to developing a reusable heavy-lift rocket of Saturn V caliber, capable of rivalling the payload capacity and cost-effectiveness of Starship. With such a rocket, we can pave the way for MANNED Indian lunar missions, aiming to land INDIANS on Moon as early as 2030.

It’s essential to remember that when there’s unwavering vision and commitment, nothing remains impossible. After all, Americans landed on Moon over 50 years ago!

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