India’s First Mission To Moon – Chandrayaan 1

PSLV Chandrayaan1

Courtesy: ISRO, India

It looks as if the dream come true, the Chandrayaan-1 mission is India’s first lunar spacecraft, which was announced by Ex Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Indian Independence Day, August 15, 2003. He said “Our country is now ready to fly high in the field of science. I am pleased to announce that India will send her own spacecraft to the moon by 2008. It is being named Chandrayaan-1“. Chandrayaan (an ancient Sanskrit word) means “Moon Craft”. The maiden journey of the moon probe is expected to be on 22 October 2008. According to astrologers also, this auspicious date is good for the mission.

Chandrayaan1 - Structure

The Main Objectives are :

  • To expand scientific knowledge about the moon.
  • To upgrade India’s technological capability.
  • To provide challenging opportunities for planetary.

Chandrayaan-1 aims to achieve these well defined objectives through high resolution remote sensing of the moon in the visible, near infrared, microwave and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. With this, preparation of a 3-dimensional atlas of the lunar surface and chemical mapping of entire lunar surface is envisaged.

Chandrayaan1 - Assembly

Chandrayaan-1 consists of 5 Indian payloads :

  1. Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC)
  2. Hyperspectral Imager (HySI)
  3. Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI)
  4. High Energy X-ray Spectrometer (HEX)
  5. Moon Impact Probe (MIP)

It also consists of six abroad payloads :

  1. Chandrayaan-1 Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS) – by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory of England and ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore.
  2. Smart Near Infrared Spectrometer (SIR-2) – by Max Plank Institute of Germany.
  3. Sub keV Atom Reflecting Analyser (SARA) – by Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre built its processing electronics.
  4. Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM) – by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  5. Mini Syntheic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR) – by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Naval Air Warfare Centre, USA through NASA.
  6. Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) – by Brown University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory through NASA.

Chandrayaan1 - Orbit

The Trajectory of Chandrayaan …

The launch of Chandrayaan

– Regards World Desk



20 Responses to India’s First Mission To Moon – Chandrayaan 1

  1. I did not find live of lonch of chandrayan mission . why dont you have aDTH- channel I f in C-band give details.

  2. Hemant bansal says:

    i also missed the launch. meanwhile what is this 240X36000 kmn orbit, because ISRO says “Considering the maturity of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) demonstrated through various performances, PSLV is chosen for the first lunar mission. The upgraded version of PSLV viz., PSLV-XL (PSLV-C11) will be used to inject the 1380 kg mass spacecraft into a 255 x 22860 km orbit. “, I am not clear. can somebidy help

  3. SURESH BABU S says:

    This the first foot that we kept ,for this the world see us with different EYE. Let us prove we are the true power at near future. We make the new history soon. Wishes to all engaged in this operation, I pray the god to provide good wealth to the team achive more and more.

  4. World Desk says:

    We really appreciate your reviews, we also hope the same.

    – Regards
    World Press Team


    THE launching of chandrayaan shows that INDIA will become a most powerfull country in whole over the world whenever we are required to take the insipiration then it will be more benificial …..
    we are looking forward today ,,, and we have energised very strovgly i would like to THANK respected “SHRI G. MADHAWAN NAYAR ” sir who conducted this ……….

  6. tejaswi says:

    thank gave more information of the i will happy . please give information about recent launches and also give me information of the Bigbang theory in pictures.

  7. srinivas says:

    it is very beautiful to see this

  8. nisar kerala says:


  9. K Uma Maheswari says:

    I felt like travel with this space craft while seeing this.

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