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19 September 2008

India's Moon Mission May Lift Off October 19

Follow up from a previous article on the ISRO's upcoming lunar probe Chandrayaan-1.

Tentatively scheduled for 19 October 2008, Chandrayaan-1 is set for liftoff from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.  Chandrayaan-1 weighs 590 kg (1298 lbs) and will be carrying 11 science packages to lunar orbit.

Chandrayaan-1 will beam back digital elevation maps of the moon and its mineral concentration, as also carry out environmental studies and measure radioactivity on the lunar surface.

It will try to find the traces of atomic elements such as Radon, Uranium and Thorium.