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Lunar Mission Targeted By China In 2013
2012-07-30 14:20:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China is growing up its space industry quickly, as the country's state-run media outlets announced today that the country is setting its eyes on the Moon again by next year. China News Service said the Chang'e 3 mission would be launching in 2013, helping to carry out surveys on the surface of the moon. Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said that the Chang'e 3 mission includes a lander and rover...

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2009-09-02 15:58:35

India's first unmanned lunar mission was abandoned after the nation's space agency lost contact with the craft on Saturday. Officials with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that the agency lost contact with its first moon-orbiting spacecraft earlier this week. The agency cited computer problems with the loss of communication. The $100 million unmanned Chandrayaan-1 craft was launched October 22, 2008. The ISRO said it had initially planned for the mission to last 24...

2009-08-31 00:13:40

India's unmanned moon mission was called off after space scientists lost radio contact with the Chandrayaan-I craft, the space agency said. The decision was made Sunday after Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, announced there was no likelihood of retrieving the craft. The Data Documentation Initiative said the nearly $90 million maiden moon mission, launched in October 2008, ended about a year before it was scheduled to end. We survived for 315 days which is a...

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2009-07-17 10:39:55

An official said on Friday that India's only satellite orbiting the moon almost overheated before scientists were able to save it and achieve more than 90 percent of the mission's objectives, The Associated Press reported. India's October 2008 launch of Chandrayaan-1 put the country in an elite group along with the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China to have lunar missions in space. Chandrayaan translates to "moon craft" in Sanskrit. However, the Indian Space Research...

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2009-02-25 10:50:00

China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense will be taking contributions from qualified institutions, such as universities, to help build the nation's first lunar probe, which is expected to land on the moon by 2012, according to the Guangming Daily newspaper. Since becoming the third nation to put a man into space as of October 2003, China has continued to step up its efforts in space, which include plans to reach the moon. The country hopes to put...

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2009-02-23 12:50:00

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch two people into space for seven days, the planning commission announced on Friday, marking the approval of the nation's first astronaut launch. "We are planning to put persons in the vehicle and launch them into space for seven days in an orbit of 275 km (172 miles)," said K Radhakrishnan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. The announcement to launch astronauts into space by 2015 comes as China has made great strides in...

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2009-01-26 10:15:00

The European C1XS X-ray camera on board India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter has detected the presence of magnesium, aluminum and silicon on the Moon during a small solar flare - one of the first of the new solar cycle. C1XS recorded the X-ray signal from a region near the Apollo landing sites on 12 December 2008 at 03:36 CET. The detection is a key step in mapping the mineralogical composition of the Moon's surface in order to study its origin and evolution. The X-ray camera collected 3...

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2008-11-28 08:15:00

India's first unmanned lunar craft, Chandrayaan 1, is suffering from an internal temperature rise that has Indian scientists searching for ways to cool down the spacecraft. The mission is considered a major step for India to be able to keep pace with other space-faring nations in Asia. The spacecraft sent a probe to the surface of the moon earlier in the month. "Now the moon, our satellite and the sun are in same line this means our craft is receiving 1,200 watts of heat from the moon and...

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2008-11-13 11:25:00

India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft successfully reached its final operational orbit around the Moon on 12 November 2008. The spacecraft is now circling the Moon at an altitude of about 100 km. After being captured into lunar orbit on 8 November, the spacecraft performed three orbit reduction maneuvers. As a result, the farthest point of Chandrayaan-1's orbit (aposelene) from the Moon's surface was first reduced from 7502 to 255 km and then finally to 100 km. The nearest point of the orbit to...

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2008-11-05 08:05:00

India's Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft is positioning itself to begin orbiting the Moon. The satellite has been gradually approaching the Moon since its launch on October 22. On Tuesday, Chandrayaan's 440-Newton liquid engine fired for two-and-a-half minutes to set the spacecraft on a looping trajectory that will send the craft nearly 380,000km from Earth. On Saturday, another firing will allow the satellite to enter into the lunar orbit so it may begin a two-year lunar surface mapping mission....


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