Chandrayan 1 to be launched in the next few months

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Puducherry, Dec 24 (UNI) The mission to moon 'Chandrayan 1' would be launched in the next few months to know about the chemical composition of the satellite, Professor J N Goswami, Director, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad said today.

Talking to newspersons after inaugurating a workshop on ''Exploration of solar system objects'' at the Pondicherry University here, he said while six equipments for the Chandrayan-1 spacecraft were designed, developed and fabricated indigenously, four instruments were acquired from other countries. The total cost of the project was Rs 400 crore.

ISRO was currently carrying out the integrating of the instrument into the spacecraft. If all the instruments work properly there could be better observation of the chemical composition of the moon after the launching of the spacecraft, which would be orbiting around the moon for one-and-a-half years. The next mission 'Chandrayan-2' would be launched in a few years, he added.

Around 35 budding scientists from different parts of the country were participating in the five-day workshop.

UNI

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