Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) proposed lunar
probe mission got a boost with Prime Minister A B Vajpayee
saying that the moon mission, Chandrayan-1, will take
place in 2008. He made this declaration during his Independence
Day address to the nation on 15 August.
to ISRO, the Chandrayan-1 mission envisages placing a
525-kg satellite in a polar orbit 100-km above the moon.
The satellite will be launched using a modified version
of India's indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
spacecraft will initially be launched into the geo-synchronous
transfer orbit, and subsequently manoeuvred into its final
lunar orbit using its own propulsion system (See and ).
main objectives of Chandrayan-1 include obtaining imagery
of the moon's surface using high-resolution remote sensing
instruments in the visible, near infrared, low and high-energy
considering the interest expressed by the international
scientific community, a provision has also been made to
accommodate instruments from other countries.
Chandrayan-1 mission represents India's foray into a planetary
exploration era in the coming decades. Today, India is
confident of undertaking a complex space mission because
of its indigenously developed launch vehicle and spacecraft
capabilities. This mission will provide a unique opportunity
for frontier scientific research.
is expected to be the forerunner of more ambitious planetary
missions in the years to come, including landing robots
on the moon and visits by Indian spacecraft to other planets
in the solar system.
also see : Metsat
boosts ISRO's lunar probe mission
mission; not a lunatic mission