Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Chandrayaan-1, India's first mission to Moon, was launched successfully on October 22, 2008 from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The spacecraft was orbiting around the Moon at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface for chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping of the Moon. The spacecraft carries 11 scientific instruments built in India, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria. 

After the successful completion of all the major mission objectives, the orbit has been raised to 200 km during May 2009.

This satellite was launched on 22.10.2008

MissionRemote Sensing, Planetary Science
Weight1380 kg (Mass at lift off)
Onboard power700 Watts
Stabilization3 - axis stabilised using reaction wheel and attitude control thrusters, sun sensors, star sensors, fibre optic gyros and accelerometers for attitude determination.
Scientific Payloads from India

a) Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC)
b) Hyper Spectral Imager (HySI)
c) Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI)
d) High Energy X - ray Spectrometer (HEX)
e) Moon Impact Probe(MIP)
Scientific Payloads from abroad

f) Chandrayaan-I  X-ray Spectrometer (CIXS)
g) Near Infrared Spectrometer (SIR - 2)
h) Sub keV Atom Reflecting Analyzer (SARA)
i) Miniature Synthetic Aperature Radar (Mini SAR)
j) Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3)
k) Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM)
Launch Date22 October 2008
Launch SiteSDSC, SHAR, Sriharikota
Launch VehiclePSLV - C11
Orbit100 km x 100 km : Lunar Orbit
Mission life2 years

This image is of Chandrayaan-1 satellite

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