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Next moon landing to be shot in India
By our Science correspondent
In a further sign of the increasing cooperation between India and the US in areas of science and technology, the next moon landing will involve an Indian location in addition to carrying an Indian astronaut among the crew.
The first set of Apollo missions in the late 60s and early 70s were widely believed to have been staged in a studio lot set up in Alaska and Iceland given the very authentic moonscapes available. However, sources in NASA and in the Department of Science and Technology in the GoI told this website that advances in terrain engineering have now enabled several Indian cities to put forward their candidature for this prestigious project. This also stems from the personal interest taken by top officials in the United States administration who would like to encourage greater cooperation as envisaged in the joint declaration earlier this year.
Ms. Ada Mantine, chief of the Amsterdam based Sharon's Rock Monthly, told Faux News that in the last two years Indian roads have deteriorated to just the right consistency and texture to closely approximate the required geological conditions. D.A.Gadde of the Indian Geological Association also pointed out the strict quality checks introduced by the Indian Road Congress in retaining the composition of the shale and mud in the surrounding topographical regions, for the audiences would now expect a higher video quality as opposed to the days of Armstrong and co.
However, this decision to move the shooting of this latest gigantic technological step has already run into trouble in the US Senate. Senator Al Luvium has opposed the move saying that it was further indication that the current US administration did not have the interests of US labour and technicians in mind. Additionally, it has also been reported that the Pakistani lobby is behind the Senator. The Pakistani government is unhappy with this growing collaboration and claim that this honour had been promised to them over a decade ago, which is why they had left untar-nished all major roads in the country.
Despite these hiccups, both governments are determined to make this the most authentic moon mission till date. Bids have been sought for city municipal corporations and from the surface of it, cities like Pune and Bangalore could be the frontrunners.
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