Chandrayaan - I (Moon Vehicle)

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The space begining

In 1959, the sphere-shaped Soviet spacecraft Luna 1 became the first spacecraft to orbit the moon. India started its space programme in 1963, developing its own satellites and launch vehicles to reduce dependence on overseas agencies. Image Courtesy: www.isro.org

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The space begining
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The moon vehicle

On 22nd October 2008, India launched its first unmanned moon mission rocket carrying the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Andhra Pradesh. It cost was only 3.86 billion rupees ($79 million) which is much cheaper than spacecrafts launched by India's Asian rivals. It has a take-off weight of more than 1.3 tonnes, and is being sent on a two-year mission to orbit the moon. Image Courtesy: www.isro.org

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The moon vehicle
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World recognition

The lift off of Chandrayaan-I was lustily cheered by the whole country, senior officials of the Indian Embassy, the Indian American Community, US Chamber of Commerce, officials from the White House and NASA. Image Courtesy: photogallery.indiatimes.com

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World recognition
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Entering moon's orbit.

Chandrayaan-I, is India's First Mission to the moon, launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). About 1,000 scientists have worked on the project for four years. The rocket reached the lunar orbit and the vehicle was successfully inserted into lunar orbit on 8th November, 2008. Image Courtesy: www.isro.org

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Entering moon's orbit.
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Payload carried

The unmanned lunar exploration mission included high resolution remote sensing of moon in the visible, near infra-red, microwave and x-ray region of electromagnetic spectrum, terrain mapping camera, spectrometer and moon impact probe. Image Courtesy: whatwherewhohow.files.wordpress.com

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Payload carried
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Indian Tricolor on the Moon

On Nov 14, 2008, the Indian space programme achieved a unique feat with the placing of the Indian tricolor on the Moon's surface. The Indian flag was painted on the sides of one of 11 payloads of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft that successfully landed on the moons surface. This is the first Indian built object to reach the surface of the moon. Image Courtesy: www.isro.org

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Indian Tricolor on the Moon
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Achievement for India

Chandrayaan-I aims at achieving expansion of scientific knowledge about Moon, upgradation of Indian technological capability and providing challenging opportunities for planetary research to young scientists. The Chandrayaan-I Mission has sent a clear signal internationally that India is really a space power and it means business. Image Courtesy: images3.wikia.nocookie.net

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Achievement for India
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Future space plans

India plans to send an astronaut into space by 2014 and a manned mission to the moon by 2020. The Indian government has approved the launch of Chandrayaan-2, which is expected to take off between 2010 and 2012, and will include a rover that will land on the moon. Image Courtesy: i.space.com

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Future space plans
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India - Largest in space orbiters

Ten months after it was launched, India's moon mission the Chandrayaan-1 came to an abrupt end after ISRO lost communication with the spacecraft. Today at least 16 Indian satellites orbit the earth, supporting telecommunications, TV broadcasting, earth observation, weather forecasting, remote education and healthcare making it the largest in the world. Image Courtesy: www.defencedaily.in

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India - Largest in space orbiters
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From the Chairman

Indian Space Research Organization former chairman, G Madhavan Nair, described the successful launch as a historic moment in India’s space programme. This is just the beginning of the opening up of a new frontier on a wide range of sectors. Image Courtesy: indiawires.com

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From the Chairman
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