India’s Moon spacecraft launched successfully

India’s Moon spacecraft launched successfully

India’s Moon spacecraft launched successfully

India joined the elite Lunar Club after Chandrayaan-1, India’s maiden moon spacecraft, was on Wednesday  put into Transfer Orbit around the earth by the Polar Launch Vehicle PSLV-C11 18.2 minutes after it blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

The 1,380 kg Chandrayaan-1, carrying 11 payloads, was released into a Tansfer Orbit at a perigee (nearest point to earth) of about 250 km and apogee (farthest point from the earth) of about 23,000 km.

After a series of processes and procedures over the next two weeks, the spacecraft would reach its desired Lunar orbit and placed at a height of 100 km from the Lunar surface, marking the operational phase of the mission.


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