Like a solar satellite in the 2002 Bond movie, Die Another Day, a former president of India plans to launch satellites that catch the suns rays and create a focused microwave beam back to collectors on Earth.
The Asian space race is moving along slowly, but steadily – and China is in the lead, with technology that could give it a military advantage over the US.
The thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the setting sun are featured in this image photographed by the crew of the International Space Station in November 2009.
NASA's sampling of a plume of material from a dark crater turns up water on the moon – and other organic compounds, too.
Three probes, including a NASA instrument on India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, have detected water molecules in minerals on the moon's surface.
Chandrayaan, launched Wednesday, will map the moon's surface. But most Indian space projects look for applications on Earth, such as telemedicine or distance learning for its far-flung population.