Ivor O’Connor

November 11, 2008

Indian satellite orbiting Moon

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 3:30 am

India is celebrating the arrival of its Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft at the Moon.

An 817-second burn from the probe’s engine on Saturday slowed Chandrayaan sufficiently for it to be captured by the lunar body’s gravity.

The craft is now in an 11-hour polar ellipse that goes out to 7,502km from the Moon and comes as close as 504km.

Further brakings will bring the Indian satellite down to a near-circular, 100km orbit from where it can begin its two-year mapping mission.

Launched on 22 October, Chandrayaan is India’s first satellite to break away from the Earth’s gravitational field and reach the lunar body.

And what are we doing?

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