Monday, January 22, 2007

Indian space capsule returns to Earth

By Pallava Bagla
Monday, January 22, 2007 (Thiruvananthapuram):
Indian scientists for the first time have safely guided a space capsule back to Earth.

Indian space agency ISRO said the capsule splashed down in the Bay of Bengal. It added, efforts are underway to locate it and bring it ashore. Scientists will see if all experiments have gone as planned and most importantly if the ceramic tiles served their purpose.

Only three other countries, Russia, America and China have mastered this complex technology. It is seen as India's first steps towards undertaking a manned mission.

The 550 kg capsule was planned to land 140 km east off the coast of Sriharikota.

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