“The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) choose to land Chandrayaan in the south pole of moon because of the availability of more resources for fuel,” said P. Veeramuthuvel, Chandrayaan-3 Project Director.
He said, “The ISRO wanted to set up its space station by 2035. The water molecules could be used as a resource for fuel and the organisation could make the best of the moon’s escaping velocity of 2.38 km/second to reach other planets, making the moon a gateway.”
“Stating that any planet exploration was only for looking for new resources, he said if Helium-3 was tapped, it could serve future generations for producing power. Since it was a second attempt, failure was not an option. The only agenda we had was to have a soft landing, so everything was led towards that,” he further said.
Further added, “Chandrayaan-3 had shown that one should not view failure as a setback, but as a lesson from which one could learn and come back stronger.”
Director N. Murali, The Hindu Group Publications Director, is Manikam Ramaswami’s neighbor. Saying he is a strict disciplinarian and a well-rounded individual. Murali stated, “Ramaswami believed in ethical business practices. He was not only for making profits, but also for sustainable development and inclusive growth. Ramaswami showed phenomenal growth after taking over the management of the textile business. As the Chairman of Southern India Mill’s Association, he initiated changes in the lopsided excise structure. Setting up of integrated textile parks and conducting textile fairs were his ideas.”