Saturday, November 8, 2008

Outa This World! Indian Satellite Orbits Moon

India's spacecraft enters lunar orbit. Welcome to the space race India! I look forward to tandoori chicken in the Sea of Tranquility before I die. India has done it. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday successfully took India’s unmanned satellite to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, into a lunar orbit through a tricky maneouvre. The 675 kg satellite is now elliptically orbiting the moon from pole to pole with the closest distance to the lunar surface being 504 km and the farthest being 7,502 km. Each orbit at this stage takes 11 hours. It is 400 km short of its final lunar orbit. More at DNA...