It was a proud moment for all Indians, when Chandrayaan was launched successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sri Hari Kota, Andhra Pradesh.
Breaking its own previous world record, ISRO launched 11 scientific instruments with this launch. Last time ISRO launched 9 satellites with the PSLV – C9.
India now is the third Asian country and sixth nation in the world to send an unmanned lunar mission to the moon. The others primarily have been US, Russia, Europe, China (Oct ’07) and Japan (Oct ’07)
NASA included a “Moon Mineralogy Mapper” on this mission, which is a state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer. This instrument is expected to provide a first of its kind map of the entire Moon’s surface at high resolution, which will reveal details such as mineral make up of the surface. This information will then be available to scientists who are looking to answer questions such as Moon’s origin and evolution of solar system.
One of the key objectives of this mission is to create high-resolution maps of the lunar surface. Today as it stands world seems to have better maps of Mars than the nearby moon. These maps can also be put to use by astronauts who may travel on future expeditions to locate resources, possibly water too!
Back to Indian pride, ISRO, with this mission has established its footprint as one of the most technologically advanced space research organisations. With six successful launches of up their sleeve we clearly know what path ISRO is headed. Hats off to the entire team at ISRO who has made 1 billion Indians proud.
Click here to view a detailed explanation of how Chandrayan will reach moon provided by Times UK.
Visit Chandrayaan’s official website @: http://isro.gov.in/chandrayaan/htmls/home.htm
Till then Jai hind!
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