On way to the Moon finally! So far it's been a text book launch. Hopefully Chandrayaan will slip into Moon orbit as planned in the next two weeks.
Chandrayaan-1, a 1.5 m cube weighing 1380 kg, is India’s first unmanned mission to the Moon. It will spend two years performing various experiments
including high resolution mapping of the lunar surface in visible light, near infrared, low energy and high energy X-rays.
In addition, the spacecraft will also evaluate the Moon’s mineral resources and the distribution of elements such as silicon, iron and titanium.
Chandrayaan-1 has a scientific package containing 12 instruments - two NASA, three European and seven Indian. This includes a 30 kg Moon Impact Probe
(MIP) which will be released from orbit to penetrate the lunar surface.
NASA is providing the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) and the Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR), which will be able to detect water ice up to a
depth of several metres.
Moon Impact Probe integration with Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft
Fully Assembled First Stage surrounded by strap-ons of the PSLV-C11
PSLV-C11 on its way to the launch pad
Another view of the PSLV-C11on its way to the launch pad from the Vehicle Assembly Building
Here’s an excellent brief of India’s Moon Program. Target: 2020 for the first Indian on the Moon!
In case you can't get to that vid, here's the link..
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 21-10-2008 by mikesingh]