Chandrayaan-1 reaches it's final orbit successfully

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{image-lunar orbit_13112008.jpg}Bangalore, Nov 13: India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan 1, has reached its final orbit, about 100 kms from the moon. Chandrayaan will remain in this orbit for the next two years.

ISRO has carried out three orbit-lowering moves since the spacecraft entered the lunar orbit on Saturday, Nov 8. The spacecraft, which was launched on October 22, was propelled on its 4,00,000-km voyage to the moon in a number of stages, with its orbit being raised progressively towards the moon by activating its liquid motor. One of the 11 instruments carried by Chandrayaan-1 will be dropped on to the lunar surface in an experiment to gather knowledge for future soft landing missions. The probe is one of five Indian scientific payloads that Chandrayaan-1 is carrying.

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