Continuing with my earlier post of ‘Indian Flag on Moon – Mission Chandrayaan-1 Successful’, here are couple of close up pictures of Moon’s surface taken by Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on 14th Nov 2008 as it approached it after separating from Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.
The Indian flag was painted on the sides of MIP, one of the 11 payloads of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, that successfully hit the lunar surface.
These two are close up pictures of the moon's surface taken by Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on November 14, 2008 as it approached it after separating from Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Please note that these pictures are reproduced as received. Image courtesy : ISRO
“MIP’s 25 minute journey to the lunar surface began with its separation from Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft at 20:06 hrs (8:06 pm) IST. This was followed by a series of automatic operations that began with the firing of its spin up rockets after achieving a safe distance of separation from Chandrayaan-1. Later, the probe slowed down with the firing of its retro rocket and started its rapid descent towards the moon’s surface. Information from the its instruments was radioed to Chandrayaan-1 by MIP. The spacecraft recorded this in its onboard memory for later readout. Finally, the probe had a hard landing on the lunar surface that terminated its functioning.”
I am posting these on my blog deviating from my regular posts as this is a Big achievement and majority of countries have not achieved this in its first attempt. Well Done India !! Congrats to all Scientists!!