DIBRUGARH, Sept 20 - Eminent scientist Professor Jitendra Nath Goswami, who led the country�s first launch of the Chandrayaan-1 as its principal scientist, today said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could go for its second lunar mission, the Chandrayaan -2, in the next four to five months.
The eminent scientist, who is also the recipient of Padma Shri and the Asom Ratna Award, was here to deliver a talk on �India�s planetary exploration programme� at the annual lecture programme of the Dibru College.
Prof Goswami gave a power point presentation of the space exploration programme of the country from its evolutionary stage to the present day. He spoke about how and when rockets and satellites were launched, besides other ongoing activities of the country�s space agency.
On the progress of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Prof Goswami, who continues to make contributions to the country�s planetary missions, said that the ISRO is almost set for the launch. �In my opinion, it could be launched in the next four to five months. However, those on the mission will know the exact date,� he said.
Prof Goswami was the principal scientist of the Chandrayaan-1 that helped discover evidence of water molecules on the moon. The Chandrayaan-1 was India�s first mission to the moon.
Apart from the staff and students of the Dibru College, academicians and faculty members from nearby colleges attended the annual lecture programme.