Uploaded on Oct 22, 2008
India just launched its first unmanned moon mission. The Chandrayaan-1 moon vehicle, built by the
Indian Space Research Organisation, has blasted off from an Indian space centre right after dawn this morning.
Speaking at the post launch conference, the Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman says the launch was perfect.
[G. Madhavan Nair, ISRO Chairman]:
"In fact yesterday evening we had lost almost ten hours in the countdown, we lost almost all the hope of making a launch today morning, but thanks to dedicated efforts of the team membersthe precession with which they carried out the activitiesand thank the rain gods, the clouds kept away, the lightning clouds did not appear overhead so all this put together we just made for the 6:22 launch this morning."
ISRO scientists visited temples to seek the blessings of Hindu gods before the launch. After some expressed relief that rain had held off until the rocket was in space. Scientists celebrate as the rocket shoots up into space.
India doesnt want to fall behind in an Asian race to space that could have technological and military implications. There is disquiet in the West that China has military ambitions in space, with developments such as anti-satellite missiles.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, currently on a two-day visit to Japan, hails the space scientists for their effort.
[Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh]:
"I congratulate all the scientists associated with this mission for the successful completion of the first step. When completed, the mission will put India in the very small group of six countries which have thus far sent space mission to the moon. Our scientific community has once again done the country proud and the entire nation salutes them."
Barring any technical failure, the spacecraft will reach the lunar orbit and spend two years scanning the moon for any evidence of water and precious metals.
A gadget called the Moon Impactor Probe will kick up some dust on the moon, and the dust will be analysed, primarily to try to find Helium 3 for nuclear power.
India's project cost $79 million, much less than the Chinese and Japanese probes in 2007. ISRO says the moon mission will pave the way for India to claim a bigger chunk of the global space business.
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