ISRO Remembers Chandrayaan 1 On Its 11th Anniversary; Recalls Important Discoveries

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Indian space agency ISRO has always carried out ambitious missions. The Indian Space Research Organisation recently paid homage to its Chandrayaan 1, which was launched 11 years ago from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. On its anniversary, the space agency also highlighted how Chandryaan 2 is carrying on the legacy.

ISRO Remembers Chandrayaan 1 On Its 11th Anniversary

 

Chandrayaan 1 Remembered

ISRO's moon missions, the Chandrayaan 1 and 2 have placed India firmly on the list of Moon explorers. The Chandrayaan 1 was launched on October 22, 2008 atop the PSLV XL rocket and was considered as India's most ambitious space mission back then. The mission aimed to orbit the Moon and crash-land on the lunar surface purposely. On November 8, 2008 the Chandrayaan 1 successfully completed orbiting the Moon, a milestone for ISRO.

The Chandrayaan 1 was projected to spend two years around the Moon, but ISRO lost contact with the orbiter after ten months. While this happened more than a decade ago, NASA was able to locate the Chandrayaan 1 in 2017. Of course, by then, the orbiter had crashed and was no longer in operational condition.

One of the historic discoveries made by the Chandrayaan 1 was finding the presence of water on the Moon, with evidence. The Moon Impact Probe aboard the Chandrayaan 1 made several observations and gathered evidence to support the presence of water molecules on the lunar surface.

ISRO Remembers Chandrayaan 1 On Its 11th Anniversary

 

Chandrayaan 2 Mission

More than a decade later, ISRO launched another satellite to orbit the Moon, the Chandrayaan 2. While the launch of the Chandryaan 2 was successful, ISRO has had trouble with its Moon lander, Vikram. The Vikram Lander was supposed to soft-land on the lunar surface on September 7, but during the final stages of the touchdown, ISRO lost all communications with the lander.

However, Chandrayaan 2 will continue orbiting the Moon and will conduct experiments during its mission life. The orbiter has many upgraded features than its predecessors, which will help it understand the Moon's atmosphere, the lunar landscape, and more.

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