Inside Story – India’s moon mission

September 1, 2009 21:50 by scibuff

The Chandrayaan 1 (literally translated as the “moon vehicle”) spacecraft was launched on 22 October 2008 from Sriharikota Andhra Pradesh aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The primary objectives of the mission (apart from developing the means of placing a spacecraft into a lunar orbit) were the preparation of a 3D atlas with the resolution of up to 10-5m and chemical and mineralogical mapping of the entire lunar surface. After completing almost 95% of the scheduled tasks within the first 312 days of its 2 year-long mission, the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organization lost all communications with the spacecraft on August 28, 2009.

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