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Chandrayaan settles into Lunar orbit November 10, 2008

Posted by Sarah in science.
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Following its launch on 22 October, Indian lunar probe Chandrayaan-1 successfully settled into orbit around the Moon a couple of days ago, on 8 November. Just a few days before, Chandrayaan beamed back some fantastic images of the Earth from its journey towards our companion satellite. The probe is now in a highly elliptical orbit passing oevr the Lunar poles, from where it will slowly descend to a much closer-in orbit at an altitude of just 100 km over the Lunar surface.

From there the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) will be released to hit the surface.

Chandrayaan is India’s first scientific space mission.


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