Latest Indian Space Research Organisation Stories

2009-01-23 10:45:00

The C1XS X-ray camera, jointly developed by the UK's STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has successfully detected its first X-ray signature from the Moon. This is the first step in its mission to reveal the origin and evolution of our Moon by mapping its surface composition. In orbit around the Moon on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, C1XS detected the X-ray signal from a region near the Apollo landing sites on December 12th 2008 at 02:36 UT....

2008-12-17 11:52:00

Rugged, High-reliability Components Contribute to India's First Scientific Mission to the Moon to Survey Lunar Surface HUDSON, N.H., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, joins NASA, the European Space Agency and many world leaders in congratulating the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch, lunar landing and spectacular early images of the...

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...

2008-11-24 10:30:00

The Indian Space Research Organization's lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 released a probe that impacted close to the lunar south pole on 14 November. Following this, the instruments on the spacecraft are being switched on to get the science observations started. The Moon Impact Probe was dropped close to Shackleton crater, a place close to the south pole, where ice may exist in areas that are never illuminated by the Sun. It carried three instruments: a video imaging system, a radar altimeter and...

2008-11-19 11:41:01

Inspired by its very first mission to the Moon, India is set to tackle an object on Earth: Google. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), based in Bangalore, will try to become a competitor to Google Earth, the insanely popular online satellite imagery service, at the end of the month. The project, called Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth) lets users zoom into areas as minute as 10 meters wide, contrasting the 200 meter wide zoom limit on Google Earth. It arrives as India intensifies its...

2008-11-14 13:25:00

India's first unmanned moon mission touched down on the moon on Friday, according to Indian Space Research Organization officials. The Moon Impactor probe detached itself from the Chandrayaan-1 (moon vehicle) about 100 km from the moon's surface and crash-landed on the south pole of the moon at 10:01 a.m. EST, making India the fourth nation to have a presence on the Moon. Miniature Indian flags painted on four sides of the MIP signaled the country's symbolic entry into moon to coincide with...

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...

2008-11-10 11:40:55

Chandrayaan-1, the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) lunar orbiter, was captured into orbit around the Moon on 8 November. One day later, the spacecraft performed a maneuver that lowered the closest point of its orbit down to 200 km from the Moon. The spacecraft's liquid-fuel propelled engine was fired at 12:21 CET (16:51 Indian Standard Time) when it was at a distance of about 500 km from the Moon. This reduced the spacecraft's velocity, enabling the Moon's gravitational field to...

2008-11-09 00:05:00

India celebrated the success of its first satellite to escape Earth's gravitational field and reach the Moon on Saturday.  A 13-minute engine burn slowed the Chandrayaan 1 probe enough for it to be captured by the Moon's gravitational forces.  The craft, launched from Earth on 22 October, is now in an 11-hour polar ellipse that comes as close as 504km from the Moon and extends as far as 7,502km out.  Additional brakings will bring the satellite to a near-circular, 100km...

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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