Bangalore, Jan. 4: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam once again combined his roles — that of First Citizen and renowned scientist — to call for evolving a common minimum global space mission to solve the impending crises regarding energy, water and mineral resources.
The President also urged all the countries in the world to initiate a global force to protect the world’s space assets.
Kalam’s presentation, at the Space Summit session of the 90th Indian Science Congress here, was the first by any President in the history of the congress.
By making the presentation, the former missile scientist bypassed many protocols, especially the custom that gives the President the position of the inaugurator or chief guest at any meeting.
The Space Summit session was inaugurated by Union minister for space Vasundhara Raje Scindia, with Kalam playing the role of a special speaker.
Kalam pointed out, to the 2,000 scientists assembled at the congress, that advancing the common minimum global space mission is important because the Earth’s resources are getting depleted rapidly.
Kalam said the space mission would become a reality only if the countries of the world agreed to have a 50-year perspective of international co-operation.
“My suggestion to the global space community is: if you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it... and thus share the goodness of life and mind across all humankind,” the President said.
Indian Space Research Organisation chief K. Kasturirangan told the summit that India’s lunar mission was slated to take off in 2007. He added that India planned to develop high bandwidth agriculture satellites.