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HT THIS DAY: October 23, 2008 — Chandrayaan-1: India successfully launches first mission to the Moon | Latest News India

Sriharikota: There was no uncorking of champagne, no historic poses for the cameras, no after launch events, no grand statements.

Seconds after India’s moon rocket rode a blaze of flame into the daybreak sky from Sriharikota spaceport, a gaggle of reserved, principally south Indian scientists at Mission Control on this Bay of Bengal island pumped fists, briefly hugged one another, flashed a thumbs-up signal to the media, shared a meal and travelled again to their amenities throughout south India. “We met for a mission review and later shared a meal. That’s all,” stated Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director Okay. Radhakrishnan.

“The Chairman has left for Bangalore, and we are heading back to our places (of work).”

“I am back at work in Bangalore at nine tomorrow morning,” Chandrayaan-I project director Mylaswamy Annadurai informed HT.

By nightfall, the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and its mom ship — the workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle — have been orbiting the earth, gathering tempo to free themselves from earth’s gravity and slingshot themselves to the moon.

Chandrayaan-I is scheduled to attain its orbit 100 km from the Moon (about 3, 86,000 km from earth) on November 8, and drop the Moon Impact Probe, with the Indian tricolour painted, on it per week later.

The launch marked the starting of latest initiatives to research different celestial our bodies of the photo voltaic system — Mars, asteroids and comets. These efforts would coincide with plans to ship an Indian into house by 2015.

Addressing his colleagues, Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Gopalan Madhavan Nair known as the launch a “historic moment”.

“We have started our journey to the Moon and the first step has gone off perfectly well,” he stated.

“It’s a remarkable performance by the launch vehicle and every parameter was on the dot.”

India’s subsequent goal:Mars, the 4th planet from the solar and greater than 146 occasions farther from the earth than the moon.

“Mars is the next natural destination,” Nair informed reporters. “We’ve just started planning

for it and are looking for proposals from our scientific community to design instruments

for an orbiter to the red planet.”

Nair additionally spoke about Chandrayaan-II, a Rs. 425 crore joint Indo-Russian mission, deliberate for 2012.

“The lander (a clutch of instruments that will land on the Moon) will be designed and

made by Russia, while we will design other experiments,” he stated. “If we have some more

space, then we will invite international teams.”

Wednesday’s flight of the 316-tonne polar satellite tv for pc launch car (PSLV-C11) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre was a dream come true for about 1,000 house scientists and technologists.

The flawless flight was preceded by some anxious moments: Overcast skies, a nagging drawback with the rocket gas because it was loaded on to the rocket throughout the countdown.

“We lost almost all hope of making a launch on Wednesday morning due to inclement

weather,” stated Nair. “To our luck, the rain gods and the clouds kept away.”

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