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February 28, 2007

The Indian Space Research Organisation's plans to send Chandrayaan-1 to the moon in 2008 sparked the thought of a contest.

Why not invite readers to design a spacecraft for this lunar mission?

Perhaps some of their ideas could be of use to the ISRO scientists working on a design for a craft for this scientific mission.

The Rediff Design a Mooncraft contest, which closed August 2006, received over a hundred entries in all shapes, sizes and levels of detail from enthusiastic budding space scientists.

Clearly we had a lot of talent on our hands.

rediff.com wrote to President A P J Abdul Kalam, who began his scientific career at ISRO, and requested him to judge this unique contest. The President felt there was no best judge for such a competition than Dr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO and Union Space Secretary.

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