Going to the moon is old news to most Americans after we sent a manned mission to Earth's satellite in the 1960's. Since then, several other countries have sent unmanned missions to the moon to study the satellite, but no one has yet replicated America's manned landing.
India has now joined the small cadre of nations to send unmanned missions to the moon including the U.S., China, Russia, ESA, and Japan. India launched its moon mission in October sending its spacecraft called Chandrayaan-1 towards the moon with a lunar probe onboard.
The probe was sent hurtling towards the surface of the moon to an eventual crash landing in the Shackleton crater on the moon's south pole. The lander was emblazoned with the Indian flag and hit the surface of the moon moving at about 3,100 miles per hour.
Indian scientists say that the crash was planned and that they will use the data collected by the probe during its descent to plan a future soft landing on the moon. The descent to the surface took 25-minutes according to Space.com. Instruments on the probe included a video imaging system, radar altimeter and a mass spectrometer.
The video system took pictures of the moon during the decent while the altimeter measured the rate of decent and the mass spectrometer studied the thin atmosphere on the moon. India released some raw images taken and said that it had not yet begun to analyze the data returned by the probe. India has plans to land a rover on the moon in 2011 and hopes to one day send a manned mission.
quote: Indian scientists say that the crash was planned and that they will use the data collected by the probe during its decent to plan a future soft landing on the moon.
quote: That's what happens when you outsource your space program.
quote: ...Since then, several other countries have sent unmanned missions to the moon to study the satellite...
quote: Not as bad as crashing on a much more expensive trip to Mars because the US sent a $125 million probe to Mars with untested software .
quote: sent a $125 million probe to Mars with Windows Vista
quote: So if you are proud that US is 50 yrs ahead in space give it another 25 years and we will see you in our rear view mirror, probably we will find Europe behind us than US.
quote: Some of our schools are doing away with freaking GRADES and putting stupid symbols on report cards because Ds and Fs hurt self esteem.
quote: Further, I can't help but worry like hell about our government schools who freely "pass" a failing or sub-standard student to the next level solely so his or her "self esteem" won't get hurt. Some of our schools are doing away with freaking GRADES and putting stupid symbols on report cards because Ds and Fs hurt self esteem.
quote: Little known fact as well: Canadians, Mexicans, and Brazilians are also American.
quote: the US has no shortage of bums either
quote: It has been found that asteroids and meteors not only create shallow craters on the Moon's surface but produce a convex floor to the crater instead of concave as expected, supporting the idea of a rigid shell.
quote: Just give us 10 more years and then see where India is!!!