President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has suggested that an industrial complex on the moon and human habitation on mars could become a reality within 50-75 years.
Kalam said this while addressing scientists after dedicating the Insat-4B communication satellite to the nation Friday from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facility at Hassan, about 200 km from Bangalore.
He said space missions beyond earth were vital for sustaining the spirit of deep exploration.
"Such missions enable us to bring minerals and other special materials from the moon, asteroids and mars. They will also help build infrastructure for solar power generation, industrial complexes on moon and initiating human habitat on mars."
This, the president added, could turn out to be true in 50-75 years.
"Though these missions require large mass flow into space, they greatly enhance the space market by expanded utilisation of the core competencies built in many launch vehicles, spacecraft and ground systems."