Latest Indian Space Research Organisation Stories

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...

2009-08-30 07:50:00

According to an announcement made on Saturday, India's Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost all contact with an unmanned, automated spacecraft while attempting its first lunar exploration mission, leading officials to announce later that afternoon that the mission had been aborted. Early Saturday morning, S. Satish, spokesman for the space agency stated that the severed contact was, "a serious problem.  If we do not re-establish contact we will lose the spacecraft." Within a few...

2009-08-06 08:20:00

This image of Earth taken from 200 kilometers (124 miles) above the lunar surface was taken by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, one of two NASA instruments onboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Australia is visible in the lower center of the image. The image is presented as a false-color composite with oceans a dark blue, clouds white, and vegetation an enhanced green. The image data were acquired on July 22, 2009. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is a...

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...

2009-06-12 14:20:00

A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency researcher said Friday that Japan and India are planning to launch their first joint space research project this year, which will include an experiment to grow plants in zero gravity. The countries are going to launch an Indian-made satellite in October, which will carry Japanese laboratory equipment that is set to orbit for a week at a height of 370 miles. Noriaki Ishoika, a professor for Japan's space agency JAXA, said the satellite will look for growth...

2009-04-20 19:42:12

India successfully launched a radar imaging satellite Monday, the country's space agency said. The Indian Space Research Organization fired the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket carrying the RISAT-2 satellite from its facility at Sriharikota, The Times of India reported. Citing informed sources, the newspaper said the satellite's day-night capability, and its ability to look through clouds and fog, gives it defense applications. However, organization chief G. Madhavan Nair rejected the...

2009-03-17 10:41:12

Scientists in India say they've found three species of bacteria in the stratosphere, all of which are alien to Earth and resistant to ultraviolet radiation. One of the species has been named Janibacter hoylei, after the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle. The others are named Bacillus isronensis, recognizing the contribution of the Indian Space Research Organization in the balloon experiments that led to its discovery, and Bacillus aryabhata after India's ancient astronomer Aryabhata and also the...

2009-03-16 11:13:41

Three new species of bacteria, which are not found on Earth and which are highly resistant to ultra-violet radiation, have been discovered in the upper stratosphere by Indian scientists. One of the new species has been named as Janibacter hoylei, after the Distinguished Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, the second as Bacillus isronensis recognizing the contribution of ISRO in the balloon experiments which led to its discovery and the third as Bacillus aryabhata after India's celebrated ancient...

2009-02-28 14:10:00

China plans to dock two unmanned crafts in space by 2011, with the first being launched by the end of 2010, a government spokesman told Xinhua news agency on Saturday. China intends to send one unmanned craft "“ the 8.5-ton Tiangong I "“ into space by the end of 2010. The craft will dock with the Shenzhou VIII, which is scheduled to launch in 2011, Xinhua reported. Docking two spacecrafts is a skill needed to run orbiting stations and send vehicles to the moon, according to...

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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