26 Oct : K Radhakrishnan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, was named the next Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Armed with a fax copy of his appointment, Radhakrishnan, who takes over from G Madhavan Nair, visited the famed Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple in Thrissur on Saturday evening. Nair retires this month-end.
One of the key persons behind the Chandrayaan-1 mission, the senior ISRO scientist says his immediate priority will be the successful flight of GSLV-D3 in December 2009 with an Indian cryogenic stage.
Radhakrishnan, said by 2015 India would be ready for a manned moon mission.Work on Chandrayaan-II was progressing. Efforts would be made to take the benefits of space research to the common man, he said.