Chandrayaan 1 lets Lunar impactor on the loose

The Indian Moon probe Chandrayaan 1 has successfully entered into its operational orbit about 100km over the surface of the Moon.

On Friday the Moon Impact Probe was released for a crash landing near the Moon’s South Pole. While diving the impactor sent images and telemetry back to the orbiter, those will be relayed back to Earth at a slower pace. The descent took about 25 minutes and the data will be relayed in the next few days.

Instruments are beginning to be activated, and a new chapter in the lunar exploration is beginning.

The probe has already sent some very good images back, see link below.

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ISRO’s Chandrayaan website

Lunar images from Chandrayaan

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