Saturday, August 29, 2009

ISRO has lost radio contact with Chandrayaan

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has lost contact with Chandrayaan-I, its first lunar mission.

ISRO has said that radio contact with Chandrayaan-I was abruptly lost at 01:30 am (Indian Time) earlytoday morning (29 August 2009). Data was received at Deep Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore during its previous orbit upto 00:25 am.

ISRO is carrying out a detailed review of the telemetry data received from the spacecraft and health of the spacecraft subsystems is being analysed.

Chandrayaan-I, India's first moon-mission, was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota on 22 October 2008. The spacecraft has completed 312 days in orbit and made more than 3400 orbits around Earth's natural satellite.

During this period it has collected an sent large volumes of data from the sophisticated equipment it had on board, including the Terrain Mapping Camera, Hyper-spectral Imager, Moon Mineralogy Mapper etc., meeting most of the scientific objectives of the mission.

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