As I contemplated what should be the subject of Space Saturdays, I went looking for space stuff on my least favorite search engine. I eventually settled on India‘s Chandrayaan-1 – https://www.isro.gov.in/Spacecraft/chandrayaan-1. I was going to talk about Chandrayaan-2 which had been planned for a January – March 2019 launch according to Wikipedia‘s article on Chandrayaan-1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrayaan-1. However, it has been delayed until sometime later in the year. The Wikipedia article is what caught my attention.
You can read the PDF – 72 pages long and originally published on India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) website, archived on the Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20100613064645/http://isro.org/publications/pdf/Chandrayaan-1-booklet.pdf.
I also saw this article: https://www.space.com/40114-chandrayaan-1.html.
Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first mission to the moon. It operated for almost a year (between October 2008 and August 2009). The lunar orbiter is best known for helping to discover evidence of water molecules on the moon.
The name Chandrayaan means “Moon Craft” in ancient Sanskrit, according to NASA. The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft was based on an Indian meteorological satellite called Kalpansat. It was about the size of a refrigerator, with a dry weight (weight without fuel) of about 525 kilograms (1,160 lbs.) and was powered by a solar array that charged lithium-ion batteries on board.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has some images, https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Missions/Chandrayaan-1, from the mission.
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