- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have designed, developed and conceptualized the Chandrayaan.
- It is an unmanned vehicle to the moon.
- Weighing 1,380 kg at launch and 675 kg at lunar orbit.
- The Chandrayaan-I spacecraft cost ISRO Rs. 386 crores only, which is said to be the most reasonably priced spacecraft, as compared to the other spacecrafts launched to the moon.
- It was launched on 22nd Oct 2008 and is India’s first mission to the moon.
- The box-shaped 35-kg moon impact probe (MIP), with the colours of the Indian flag painted on its four sides, detached itself from the spacecraft and touched down on the lunar surface on 14th Nov 2008 at 08:31 p.m.
- The Chandrayaan will continue to orbit the moon for the next 2 years.
Did you know
The moon is approximately 400,000kms away from the earth. Using the earth’s rotational energy, the moon propels itself higher in the orbit each year, hence moving farther away.
It is said that, when the moon was formed, it was only 22,530kms away from the earth. Today it is 400,000kms away from the earth. It is believed that the moon used to be a part of the earth, however gradually due to certain reaction it got separated from earth.
There is an existence of gravitational force between earth and moon due to which moon revolves around the earth. The moon does not have the light of its own, however it gets its light from the sun. It is because of the sunlight, that we see light emerging out of the moon.
14th Nov 2008 is a day written in history, a day when India left its footprints on the moon. It is really wonderful to see India catching up with the rest of the world.
We salute you India…..Sare Jahaan Se Accha, Hindustan Hamara.
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