Monday, November 10, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 Now Successfully in Lunar Orbit

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned spacecraft mission to moon, successfully entered lunar orbit on November 8. The spacecraft fired its engines to reduce velocity and enable the Moon's gravity to capture it; engines were fired for 817 seconds when Chandrayaan-1 was about 500 km away from the moon. Next up for the spacecraft will be to reduce the height of its lunar orbit to about 100 km.

5 comments:

Gareth said...

Can we expect hi-res images from this excursion?

Anonymous said...

All things are possible, you must only believe....

Mahavishnu Michael

(with apologies to intense)

Today's scramble...

:makeem

Anonymous said...

I followed some other links and found an animation on the future of Indian travels to the Moon. They project landing humans in 2020. I don't get it. Shouldn't a flight to the moon be easy by now? I mean we landed a couple of guys there about 40 years ago. Hasn't technology advanced enough if 40 years to make another moon walk a walk in the park?

Stan

Mac said...

Stan--

When Apollo went "offline" NASA effectively scrapped its lunar mission infrastructure, leaving us with the bizarre task of reinventing the proverbial wheel.

Anonymous said...

I know that they scrapped moon missions, but overall the technology should be so much more advanced.
But maybe this is not true. Maybe there has been no real quantum leap.

I remember as a kid in about 1964 I went from N.Y. to Israel. The flight took about 10 hours. Now, with our great advancement in technology the flight can be done in about 10 hours.

Stan