While ISRO Holding Breath Waits for the Gentle Landing of Chandrayaan-2's "Vikram" Module on the Moon in the Dark Hour of Saturday, a space scientist remembered his "breathtaking moment" experience at the launch of "India & # 39; 39; s "first moon mission more than a decade ago.
On the day Chandrayaan-1 was launched in 2008, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) faced a "very difficult situation" as it had a very short launch window and the weather was "very, very bad," said Dr , M Annadurai, the project leader of the successful mission.
"We ran against time, that was the last start date, we had some technical problems to fix and the weather in the Sriharikota spaceport was very, very bad." Everyone was worried, fortunately for half an hour, the weather was clear but after that there were thunderstorms; The start time was a real moment, "said Annadurai, also Program Director of" Mangalyaan ", the Mars Orbiter mission launched in 201
Current Chairman of the National Design and Research Forum, designating the current Chandrayaan 2 mission attempting to land Vikram gently on the unexplored Moon South Pole, as another milestone in Indian space travel. "… Whatever we have started is advancing another milestone for the Indian space industry. We are falling not back, we take the lead and move forward in the international arena. That's a satisfying moment, "Annadurai said, adding that missions like Chandrayaan-1, Chandrayaan-2, and Mangalyaan are also aimed at getting the younger generation excited about basic science and the advancement of the Indian aerospace industry.
The Success The scientist added that a series of such missions strengthened India's reputation in managing these missions and coping much better with future collaborations on the international stage. "Chandrayaan-1 made history by taking over 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days until August 29, 2009.
According to ISRO, the mission was a groundbreaking discovery. Chandrayaan-1 discovered magnesium, aluminum, and silicon as well as water ice in the northern polar region on the lunar surface, while the Moon's global image another achievement of the mission was.