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Mission typeLunar orbiter
OperatorIndian Space Research Organisation
COSPAR ID2008-052A
SATCAT no.33405
Mission durationPlanned: 2 years
Final: 10 months, 6 days
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1,380 kg (3,040 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date22 October 2008, 00:52 (2008-10-22UTC00:52) UTC
RocketPSLV-XL C11
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Second Pad
End of mission
Last contact28 August 2009, 20:00 (2009-08-28UTC21) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemSelenocentric
Semi-major axis1,758 kilometers (1,092 mi)
Periselene200 km (120 mi)
Aposelene200 km (120 mi)
Epoch19 May 2009
Lunar orbiter
Orbital insertion8 November 2008
Orbits3,400 at EOM

Chandrayaan-1 was India's first spacecraft launched to explore the Moon. It lifted off on 22 October 2008.[1] It was under the control of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It was launched by a PSLV rocket. Chandrayaan 1 carried NASA's M1 Moon Mineralogy Mapper. The space mission was designed to last for two years.[2] In reality the mission lasted for 312 days. It mapped about 95% of the moon's surface.[3] On 29 August 2009 radio signals from Chandrayaan-I were lost.[4] The mission was considered ended at that point.[4] The lunar probe showed the presence of water on moon.

Goals[change | change source]

The mission had the following stated objectives, or goals:[5]

  • to design, develop, launch and orbit a spacecraft around the Moon using an Indian-made rocket
  • to conduct scientific experiments using instruments on the spacecraft:
    • to make a three-dimensional map of both the near and far sides of the Moon
    • for chemical and mineralogical mapping of the entire lunar surface at high spatial resolution, mapping particularly the chemical elements magnesium, aluminium, silicon, calcium, iron, titanium, radon, uranium, and thorium
  • to increase scientific knowledge
  • to test the impact of a sub-satellite (Moon Impact Probe – MIP) on the surface of the Moon to help prepare for future soft-landing missions

References[change | change source]

  1. Express News Service (2 August 2014). "IE Campus Now Home to Scale Model of PSLV-XL". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. Ruth Netting (13 May 2014). "NASA Space Missions: Chandrayaan 1". NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. J. W. Boardman (2010). "A New Lunar Globe as Seen by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper..." (PDF). Brown University Planetary Geosciences Group. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ISRO Press Release (29 August 2009). "Chandrayaan-I Spacecraft Loses Radio Contact". ISRO. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. "Objectives". ISRO. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.