India has been invited to join the International Space Station: Well, some say that the ISS is just a costly white elephant which has sucked valuable money away from many other useful space projects, and meanwhile India has only been invited to join in the latter days of it - who knows how much longer it will last? I notice that China isn't joining the ISS, preferring to go it alone with its own project. I dunno - I feel like I'm losing confidence in ISRO these days. They seem to mainly want to make PR announcements, rather than focusing on achievements, no matter how humble. I think it's better for ISRO to stay focused on actual accomplishments, no matter how small, rather than always trying trumpet some 'elite status' of this or that nature. It makes them look status-conscious, rather than goal-oriented.