Although the ISRO (or Indian Space Research Organisation) has already made its mark in space by helping to discover water on the Moon, the nation of a billion minds is now attempting to launch its own astronauts into space.
The Indian Space Research Organization is planning to send astronauts to space before the year 2015-16, deputy project director of ISRO’s Chandrayaan MissionJaswinder Singh Khoral said. [...]
Khoral said ISRO was also working to send an unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-II in 2012-13, an official release quoting him said.
He said that India is in the select league of six nations which have sent their satellites to the moon. (Space Travel)
India is also planning on landing a man (or woman) upon the Moon by 2020, although its unclear whether the current global recession has pushed back the countries ambitions lunar plans.
If India is able to send humans into space on its own power, it would join the United States, Russia, and China as a major space power, a path that could help the Asian giant secure its place among the stars.