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Moon Impact Probe (MIP) Landed at Moon Today - Naresh Kadyan


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Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Friday November 14, 2008, 7:52 am


New Delhi - A moon impact probe on board India's first lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 was expected to hit the lunar surface Friday evening, an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The 35-kilogram probe, with the Indian flag painted on its sides, was expected to hit the moon's surface at a designated point at 8:30 pm (1500 GMT), ISRO director S Satish said from the southern city of Bangalore.

ISRO was monitoring the space mission from its telemetry and tracking centre located on the outskirts of the city.

The moon probe will take about 20 minutes to reach the lunar surface from the orbiting spacecraft. During the journey it is expected to take images of the moon and provide information on lunar surface properties.

If successful, India will be the fourth country - after the United States, Russia and Japan - to deploy a moon probe.

The probe will help garner information for future landings, ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair was quoted as saying by IANS news agency.

Nair said ISRO planned to send a second spacecraft - Chandrayaan-II - to the moon in 2012 that will have a lander which will drop a small robot on the lunar surface to pick up soil samples and analyse data.

The ISRO is also working on a proposal to send a spacecraft to Mars, he said.

Chandrayaan-1, described as the cheapest moon mission ever, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre near the southern city of Chennai on October 22 and has successfully completed about 95 per cent of its mission over the past 24 days, according to ISRO officials.

The 1,380-kilogram spacecraft, built by the ISRO, was Friday orbiting the moon at a distance of 100 kilometres. In its present orbit the spacecraft takes about two hours to complete one circle of the moon, Satish said.

For the next two years, the spacecraft will carry out chemical, mineral and geological mapping of the moon with the 11 scientific payloads on board.

Five of these payloads have been designed by the Indian space agency; three devised and contributed by Germany, Britain and Sweden from the European Space Agency; two from the US space agency; and one from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Two of the payloads - a terrain mapping camera and a radiation dose monitor - have been successfully switched on. The camera has taken pictures of the earth and moon and sent them back to the monitoring centre.
 

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Friday November 14, 2008, 7:56 am
Breaking News! India created history today, as the tri-colour successfully landed on the lunar surface, fulfilling the dreams of over a billion people. India's first-ever unmanned moon mission, Chandrayaan-I released the 'Moon Impact Probe (MIP)" into the moon's surface. The probe was detached at 8:06 PM and took 25 minutes to reach the lunar surface. It landed on the moon at 8.31 PM.

The MIP has the Indian flag tricolour painted on all four sides. It has a weight of 35kg. The MIP will remain on the lunar surface for 30 minutes and take photographs. ISRO confirmed that it received the first signal from the MIP after it landed on moon. According to ISRO Chairman, the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) will be named as 'Aditya'.

A dream came true for billions of Indians, as the moon impact probe with tricolour painted on it, landed on the moon's surface. People in India rejoiced and celebrated with high emotion. It was a proud moment for our scientists. It was a day of reckoning for every Indian. November 14 - Children's Day - Jawaharlal Nehru's Birthday will always be remembered as a historic day for Indian Space Science. India became the fourth country in the world to send national flag to moon.
 

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Friday November 14, 2008, 4:04 pm
Bangalore, November 14
The unmanned Chandrayyan-1, India’s first ever mission for scientific exploration of the moon, achieved a significant milestone today when the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) ejected by the spacecraft successfully hit the lunar surface at 8.31 pm after a 25 minutes descent.

The MIP was dropped on the polar region of the moon by the Chandrayaan-1 from a height of 100 km. On Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists, who are commanding the spacecraft with the help of radio control from Bangalore, had put it on a circular orbit around the moon having a height of 100 km from the lunar surface.

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was present at the ISRO centre at Bangalore from where the progress of the ejection of the MIP was being monitored, lauded the scientists for successful execution of the operation. Kalam, who had been credited with giving the idea of putting the MIP aboard the Chandrayaan-1, said being present at the event “was a great experience” for him.

An elated G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of ISRO, said, “We have given India the moon”.

The MIP had landed on a region near the South Pole of the moon. Weighing about 30 kg, the box shaped MIP spun during the fall and hit the lunar surface with a thud. The lunar debris, thrown up as a result of the impact made by the MIP on the surface of the moon, would be analysed for the possible traces of water.

The video camera aboard the MIP worked without giving any hitch and filmed the descent of the probe on the lunar surface. The C-band radar altimeter inside the MIP is slated to measure the altitude and provide vital information for future landing missions.

The MIP also carried a mass spectrometer for giving inputs about the constituents of the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.

The data sent by all these equipments have been recorded and will be gradually analysed by ISRO. Last but not the least, the MIP also announced India’s presence on the moon. The Indian Tricolour was affixed on the sideboards of the probe.

Nair said the MIP had been named “Aditya”. He also added that Chandrayaan-2, which would attempt soft landing of a rover on the moon, would be launched in 2012.

Chandrayaan-1, which was launched from Sriharikota on October 22 with the help of a PSLV rocket, has 10 scientific payloads besides the MIP. However, the MIP was the only payload that was to make direct contact with the moon.
 

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Saturday November 15, 2008, 4:51 pm
It was an exciting bit of news that broke at 8:31 p.m. on Friday and in a moment it boosted the morale of the entire nation that has lately been trying to cope with gory headlines.

Pride, more than relief, was the dominant emotion among the young and the old as the scientists reported that the 34-kg gadget with the Tricolour specially embossed on it had landed on the moon’s surface, somewhere around the planet’s South Pole and almost at the spot where they wanted it to fall.

The world, which takes India more seriously than we do ourselves, was not much surprised. But those given to cynicism at home were silent. Even they cannot now belittle the magnitude of the Indian achievement.

When the moon is no longer in the realm of the poet’s imagination, thanks to our dedicated scientists, the moon landing seems to be the first halt of no mean significance, and of substantial practical value.

While the earthly gains from the moon landing might answer the critics that India has too many problems on the ground, including the dal-roti questions, it is heartening to know from the scientists that they are not looking for a slice of the moon just for a little emotional satisfaction. What they are really looking for is a host of minerals that could be of use to India in its fight against poverty.

Of particular importance is Helium, which can be of help in producing energy the 21st century India would badly need.

Not the minerals alone. The moon can also be used as a platform for future probes for the unknown minerals, water, or life in some form or another, or for solving the other mysteries of the vast universe that have been subject of much speculation over the centuries and in most civilizations, dead or alive.

ISRO’s scientists are already working on projects to study the Sun’s corona, which is the astronomers’ word for the rarefied gases that envelope the sun and other stars. This, in turn, could add to much knowledge for the mankind, and beyond about the secrets of heat and light emitted by the sun 24x7 in earthly time-frame, day in and day out.

There could be more mysteries in the void that could surprise even the scientists in India and abroad.

By reaching a milestone in the journey into the space, India has, in effect, joined a select band consisting of the United States, Russia and the European Space Agency. China and Japan are close by.

Whichever power that reaches the moon is bound to make territorial claims and demand the right to extract minerals that could be brought to the mother country. The race between space powers could become ugly, going by the behaviour of early European colonisers in Asia and Africa.

The space powers might take their local jealousies and rivalries over there into space, causing greater international complications down here. This must be avoided.

One way is to make attempts to evolve a consensus among the space powers to establish a cooperative regime that could provide for the sharing of cost and space technology as well as the benefits.

It is certainly a difficult task given the prevailing tensions in the world, but statesmanship would require looking far into the future and avoiding the pitfalls that the earlier rulers did not care to avoid.

It may look idealistic at the moment, but one day it will be realised that cooperation in space will help the whole humanity and working jointly would also help in resolving conflicts that continue to create tensions and wars in the world we live in.

India may at some point of time in the future think of taking initiatives keeping such an aim in view.

Space should be regarded as a common heritage of mankind.
 

Darlene K (356)
Sunday November 16, 2008, 11:17 pm
Congrats to India. Noted and thank you.
 

Janet Wintle (87)
Monday November 17, 2008, 9:25 am
When mankind can live in peace and harmony only then will he be aloud to travel space freely. Until he becomes more spiritual he will not be welcome. A message will come soon. From the watchers verifying this.
Love to all, Janet.
May we, I pray, start to teach how to live in harmony.
 
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