Shamli boy Naveen Jain’s ‘Moon Express’ to land on Earth’s satellite in 2017

By: | Published: August 6, 2016 2:46 PM

The name of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh is set to be 'carved in Moon', courtesy Naveen Jain, whose company 'Moon Express' has become the first private firm allowed to venture beyond the Earth

naveen-LNavin’s grandfather Dataram used to be a business man in Shamli district which has often been in news for communal tension in recent years. (Source: Twitter)

The name of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh is set to be ‘carved in Moon’, courtesy Naveen Jain, whose company ‘Moon Express’ has become the first private firm allowed to venture beyond the Earth and land on the planet’s satellite. Navin’s grandfather Dataram used to be a business man in Shamli district which has often been in news for communal tension in recent years. Naveen’s achievement has brought cheers to residents of the district.

One of Naveen’s  cousins, Sharad Jain and other relatives still live in Shamli. Hindi portal Patrika.com reported Sharad as saying that Navin’s father, Narendra Jain, was a civil engineer, while grandfather Dataram was a trader and basically a resident of Kairana’s Pattewala colony. In 1947, Dataram left Kairana and settled in Shamli along with his family. Since Narendra Jain was a PWD employee, Naveen studied in other districts. Born on December 6, 1959, Navin studied at IIT Roorkee and XLRI, Jamshedpur in later years. Naveen is currently the co-founder and chairman of Moon Express and one of the richest Indians in America.

“The US government has made a historic ruling to allow the first private enterprise, Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit and land on the Moon in 2017. This breakthrough U.S. policy decision provides authorization to Moon Express for a maiden flight of its robotic spacecraft onto the Moon’s surface, beginning a new era of ongoing commercial lunar exploration and discovery, unlocking the immense potential of the Moon’s valuable resources,” says a release on the company’s website.

Moon Express has received the green light for pursuing its 2017 lunar mission following in depth consultations with the FAA , the White House , the State Department, NASA and other federal agencies. Till now, all commercial companies have been limited to operations in Earth’s orbit, and only governments have sent missions to other worlds.

Navin says, “The sky is not the limit for Moon Express — it is the launchpad. This breakthrough ruling is another giant leap for humanity. Space travel is our only path forward to ensure our survival and create a limitless future for our children. In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals, and Moon rocks back to Earth.”

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