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India's Chandrayaan Blasts Off To The Moon!

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posted on Nov, 8 2008 @ 10:17 PM
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The original images from Chandrayaan of Earth, as posted on ISRO' website, are actually "flipped" images, according to universetoday.com [article link], because of the scientific process of image translation from incoming bits of data. The corrected 70,000 km earth image is as shown below [from that article]:





posted on Nov, 8 2008 @ 10:27 PM
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A nice representation of how the lunar capture maneuver took place:


Source; The Telegraph article -- Phew! Aglow in moonshine



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 04:33 AM
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Any way one looks at it, the image is outstanding!
But yes there was a twist here!

Cheers!



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 07:43 AM
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Is there anyway to see the 'raw' feed of the pics when they are AT the moon...

You know... before they get their hands on them...



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 09:58 AM
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Originally posted by TKainZero
Is there anyway to see the 'raw' feed of the pics when they are AT the moon...
You know... before they get their hands on them...



"Data doesn't come down from spacecraft in familiar formats like JPEG or TIFF; it's a stream of ones and zeroes, with a format unique to the science instrument, and scientists and engineers write their own software for translating that into raw image data.
Source: Universe Today article...

So there is a fat lot of chance that a third party can decipher the streams of data coming in to recreate the images.
Case closed.



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 10:13 AM
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Did you know that NASA's Mini-SAR(I) aboard Chandrayaan is a precursor to the Mini-SAR(II) aboard NASA's own LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) due to be launched in April next year?

While (I) will map the areas 80° to 90° of both poles for possible ice deposits, (II), which has a higher resolution (by a factor of 5), will provide more detailed analysis from the areas identified by (I), and try to complete any gaps left from (I)'s coverage.

Details here [pdf file]...



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 01:05 PM
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Chandrayaan's Initial Lunar Orbit lowered to LO-1

Article Link...

Excerpt:


... In this elliptical orbit, Chandrayaan will be circling the moon over its polar regions at 200 km periselene (nearest point from moon) and 7,500 km aposelene (farthest point from moon). ...

The planned L0-1 was 7500km x 125km, but ISRO has done 7500km x 200km

Three more orbit lowering are in the pipeline to settle the craft to the final 100km orbit.

Edited to add: ISRO's press release


[edit on 10/11/2008 by sentinel2107]



posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 11:53 PM
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According to The Hindu article (Chandrayaan orbital height reduced)


... The Terrain Mapping Camera, an Indian scientific instrument, has already been switched on. It has taken clear pictures of the earth and the moon.


So the wait for the images begins.


[edit on 10/11/2008 by sentinel2107]



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 08:56 AM
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Ahh what? Then what is that BBC report on India being the 2nd biggest investo of Pounds 32 Billions or something in 2007?
news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
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WHAT A SHAME.

When 600 million people go hungry and barefoot, this is such a waste of money even if it is a small amount by international standards.


Oh yeah yeah, here we go again, all you Human Rights activists and Philanthropists; This is about Science and The and space exploration.

This Poverty figure of India must have come from a pendulum is it?
Some say 900 million, some say 500, some say 600, and some say 200.
Well I know for sure it is 27.5% from CIA factbook and Deutsche Informatik Ministry. so I rely on that.
Now some of you philanthropists can accuse me of a nazi boy as I am from Germany.

No dont come here and make claims on all those things. Please eat something and kill your time.
Well, coming back to topic. Hi all greetings from Germany, one of our instruments is on board and the scientific community and students are excited about Chandrayaan-1 launch. I dont know any other Space Ageny giving a free ride to any other nation. German Scientific community is gung-ho about this free of cost ride. Some even believe, that India was an elite nation bcoz of science and tech; and they will be again one day.

Just wait and see all the jealous and prejudiced souls will go paranoid here.
I could help myself , sorry for being offensive to many "humanitarians";
come come harp every nation which makes progress scientifically.
HARP the DARTS on the scientists and science enthusiasts!

This is how ISRO started: My late uncle was Indian and he was a scientist at at ISRO that time.



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 11:23 AM
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Brilliant personal link to the story!

That image sums up India.

Against all odds; against a background of a country looted for centuries; with half our brothers still uneducated and another third hungry, still the scientists of ISRO dared to dream. Still they took on the final frontier, while others simultaneously fought four wars against agressors, poverty and rampant illiteracy.

Mark our intent, India will be a developed country within two generations time. No amount of ill-thought out criticism can stop the sovereign Republic of India's inexorable march into the gilded pages of history.



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 11:43 AM
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Originally posted by wolfgang1711
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This is how ISRO started: My late uncle was Indian and he was a scientist at at ISRO that time.


This photo, undoubtedly, is one of the most poignant of images of ISRO's humble beginnings -- an image that gets forever etched into the minds of those who have seen or know about this country's slow transformation over the years since independence.

This was India's first rocket -- Rohini sounding rocket -- being transported to Thumba Equatorial Launching Station for lift-off in 1963. The gentleman on the right was an ISRO scientist. (The second rocket was transported on a bullock cart!).

Such is the enigma of this country, woven out of its intricate tapestry of a very long history, which the West often fails to understand.



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 03:50 PM
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I am actually waiting for Token0 and the other patsy or whatever to reply to my post.

Now compare the pic posted by me to the pic chandrayaan's camera sent of the shots of earth.

Its just like a school boy sending rockets in a competition to his journey to some great space missions leading organization. All I can feel is that ISRO and its Scientists journeyed from School boy to full fledged scientists.

Let that boy always live forever, all hail the spirit of the boy!



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 09:26 PM
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Originally posted by wolfgang1711
 

I am actually waiting for Token0 and the other patsy or whatever to reply to my post.
...

Hey, I didn't know WWIII was supposed to be on an Internet discussion forum.



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 09:39 PM
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Next Orbit lowering (to LO-2) achieved: Chandrayaan nudged closer to moon


... "The spacecraft is at 187 km from the moon (periselene) and 255 km away (aposelene), orbiting elliptically once in every 2 hours and 16 minutes over the polar regions of the lunar planet," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) director S. Satish told IANS. ...


The 255km x 187km is against the planned LO-2 of 250km x 125km



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 11:15 PM
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posted on Nov, 11 2008 @ 01:00 AM
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Originally posted by watchZEITGEISTnow
taps fingers on the table....

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wZn

Do you know Zeit Geist are two german words? Zeit meaning time: geist= literally mean ghost

In formal English it mean spirit of time.

I am waiting for the MIP to come up with Lunar soil analysis



posted on Nov, 11 2008 @ 01:11 AM
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You've come a long way baby!!

From here...


Pic posted initially by wolfgang1711

To here....


Chandrayaan-1 heading for the Moon!
Courtesy: ISRO




Cheers!



[edit on 11-11-2008 by mikesingh]



posted on Nov, 11 2008 @ 01:11 AM
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Originally posted by wolfgang1711
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I am waiting for the MIP to come up with Lunar soil analysis

The MIP (Moon Impact Probe) will not do lunar soil analysis.


There will be three instruments on the Moon Impact Probe
# Radar Altimeter – for measurement of altitude of the Moon Impact Probe and for qualifying technologies for future landing missions. The operating frequency band is 4.3 GHz ± 100 MHz.
# Video Imaging System – for acquiring images of the surface of the Moon during the descent at a close range. The video imaging system consists of analog CCD camera.
# Mass Spectrometer – for measuring the constituents of tenuous lunar atmosphere during descent. This instrument will be based on a state-of-the-art, commercially available Quadrupole mass spectrometer with a mass resolution of 0.5 amu and sensitivities to partial pressure of the order of 10-14 torr.


Full details here: Moon impact probe (MIP)...



posted on Nov, 11 2008 @ 01:18 AM
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Someone mentioned that some shlokas from the Vedas are inscribed on the MIP??
Couldn't find an authoritative source on this! Any idea?

Cheers!



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