Chandrayaan successfully orbiting the moon
After a successful launch this is the icing on the cake for Indian Lunar Mission. ISRO has managed to place Chandrayaan in the Lunar mission. It is noteworthy that India has joined a select league of nationa like Russia, India, China, Japan and European Space agency that have placed crafts in Lunar orbit. As per historical records 50% of the crafts are lost during the exercise to place crafts in the Lunar orbit.
India's first unmanned spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 entered the lunar orbit on Saturday after Indian Space Research Organisation scientists successfully carried out a highly complex and tricky manoeuvre crossing another historic milestone in the country's space programme.
ISRO scientists at the Mission Control Centre near Bengaluru [Images] fired the spacecraft's liquid engine at 1651 hours for a
duration of 817 seconds in a hit or miss Lunar Orbit Insertion operation in the maiden moon mission, 18 days
after it was launched from Sriharikota spaceport.
"For the first time in the history of India, an Indian-made satellite is circulating the Moon [Images]", a jubilant ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair told PTI shortly after the home-grown satellite broke away from the Earth's gravitational field for the first time and reached the moon. India becomes the sixth country to put a satellite in lunar orbit.