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India's first moon mission
may carry US payload 

What is India News Service,  Tuesday, 26 April 2005, 1400 hrs IST

The US has evinced keen interest in placing a payload aboard India's first spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayan-I.

Earlier this month, the Vikram Sarabhai Space Research Centre (VSSRC) was named one of the beneficiaries of the illegal network run by South Africa-based Israeli businessman Asher Karni, who has agreed to cooperate with US prosecutors. The VSSRC's being on the US entities list is a point that is raised consistently in this connection.

But none of this has stopped the Johns Hopkins University to respond to ISRO's invitation to carry a foreign payload on Chandrayan-I, India's first moon mission slated for a 2007-08 launch. The miniature synthetic aperture radar instrument is from the Applied Physics laboratory of the university but is being set up in collaboration with NASA.

The US proposal is among the five that have been shortlisted for consideration. It may be noted that VSSRC is one of the entities of ISRO and is actively involved in the Chandrayan project. That it is on the entities list of the US, official sources said, does not mean it cannot procure high technology items but will have to go through a more stringent screening process.

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