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11 November 2008

On Orbit XI

The newest Carnival of Space is out.


India's space agency - ISRO, recently successfully launched their first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1. Chandrayaan-1 reached lunar orbit this past Saturday, 8 November. According to ISRO Director S. Satish, Chandrayaan-1 fired its motors for orbital insertion at 1145 GMT for 805 seconds to enter lunar orbit. India is looking not to miss the boat on this newest space race that China and Japan have begun. National prestige is not the only thing at stake. India is also looking to join the commercial launch industry. India and China are not the only new players in the new space race. The Ukraine and Indonesia have signed a cooperation agreement and Brazil is developing its own launcher the VLS-1.

As of 9 November 2008, the ISRO began circularizing Chandrayaan-1's orbit around the Moon.



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2 comments:

Edward Ott said...

I think that it is great that china and India are getting into space. I hope that Brazil will revive its program and hopefully Obama will push and Fund Nasa to do great things.

Alexander DeClama said...

Brazil is working on it and truthfully, I expect more out of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and their ilk than NASA. But there is always hope. I just don't like that I'm reading that Ares seems to be stillborn.