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chandrayaan-04Chandrayaan-1, India's first mission to Moon, was launched successfully on October 22, 2008 from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The spacecraft was orbiting around the Moon at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface for chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping of the Moon. The spacecraft carries 11 scientific instruments built in India, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria.

After the successful completion of all the major mission objectives, the orbit has been raised to 200 km during May 2009.

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Mission Remote Sensing, Planetary Science
Weight 1380 kg (Mass at lift off)
Onboard power 700 Watts
Stabilization 3 - axis stabilised using reaction wheel and attitude control thrusters, sun sensors, star sensors, fibre optic gyros and accelerometers for attitude determination.
Payloads Scientific Payloads from India
  1. Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC)
  2. Hyper Spectral Imager (HySI)
  3. Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI)
  4. High Energy X - ray Spectrometer (HEX)
  5. Moon Impact Probe(MIP)
Scientific Payloads from abroad
  1. Chandrayaan-I  X-ray Spectrometer (CIXS)
  2. Near Infrared Spectrometer (SIR - 2)
  3. Sub keV Atom Reflecting Analyzer (SARA)
  4. Miniature Synthetic Aperature Radar (Mini SAR)
  5. Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3)
  6. Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM)
Launch Date 22 October 2008
Launch Site SDSC, SHAR, Sriharikota
Launch Vehicle   PSLV  C11
Orbit 100 km x 100 km : Lunar Orbit
Mission life 2 Years





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