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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: ISRO programme director M Annadurai speaks about Mangalyaan; Indian human spaceflight programme

Prajakta Hebbar | http://imsopraj

First published: January 25, 2015, 11:07 AM IST | Updated: January 25, 2015
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: ISRO programme director M Annadurai speaks about Mangalyaan; Indian human spaceflight programme
The programme director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Annadurai was in the pink city to speak at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Jaipur: With a stiff black mustache and thick glasses, M Annadurai has a severe academic quality about him. It is only when he smiles that we realise that behind the pedantic appearance, Annadurai has a warm, engaging demeanor.

The programme director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Annadurai was in the pink city to speak at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Speaking at the session titled, 'India: A Space Odyssey', Annadurai said, "One of the most challenging situations any organisation can go through is, to make sure that they do their work within the giving time-frame and budget. First with Chandrayaan, and now with Mangalyaan, we at ISRO have done that consistently."

Born in Kodhawady near Pollachi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Annadurai has been leading many Remote Sensing and Science missions at ISRO. He was the man who found water on the parched surface of the Moon in 2009.

Sharing an anecdote about the same, Annadurai said, "While we were studying the moon and making amazing discoveries, the state of affairs in India was not as satisfactory. In fact, I can say that I found water on the moon before I found it in my village," he joked, adding, "It was only in 2013 that we got water in our village in Tamil Nadu."

Annadurai joined ISRO in 1982 and was the project director for Chandrayaan I, Chandrayaan II, ASTROSTAT, Aditya I and the Mars Obiter Mission (Mangalyaan).

Annadurai was in conversation with Pallava Bagla and Subhadra Menon, who've penned the book, 'India: A Space Odyssey'.

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