Madhavan Nair thrilled about Chandrayaan success

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Chennai, Nov 13 (UNI) When India's maiden moon mission became a success last evening as Chandrayaan-1 reached its intended operational orbit at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface, ISRO Chief G Madhavan Nair, was watching the ''rising moon'' and visualised Chandrayaan in its backdrop.

When ISRO achieved the feat last evening, Mr Nair said he was travelling to the airport and saw the moon on rise. ''I was thrilled to see Chandrayaan in its backdrop'', he said.

Mr Nair shared this thrilling experience of his while inaugurating an International seminar on ''Emerging Scenarios in Space Technology and Applications-2008'', organised by the Sathyabama University, in association with ISRO here.

''When I was informed that Chandrayaan reached its intended orbit at the height of 100 km from the lunar surface, I could see the moon on rise. Immediately, I could see Chandrayaan-1 in the backdrop'', he said amid cheers from scientists and students.

Commending his colleagues and the entire team of ISRO community for this achievement, Mr Nair said, ''we have shown to the world that India is second to none in mastering high technology''.

He said steering the satellite in the intended path was a brilliant task and the precision was remarkable. ''No other country had achieved this kind of precision in the very first attempt as India did'', Mr Nair said.


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