It's a new day... for Chandrayaan-1

It's a new day... for Chandrayaan-1

It's a new day... for Chandrayaan-1

Bad Astronomy
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Nov. 5 2008 9:54 AM

It's a new day... for Chandrayaan-1

The Indian Space Research Organization reports that their Chandrayaan-1 Moon probe has entered what's called a Lunar Transfer Orbit (or LTO), a path that will take it to the Moon.

Chandrayaan-1 LTO

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It has been orbiting the Earth since its launch on October 22. Technically, it still is orbiting the Earth, but this new LTO is a highly elliptical path that takes the probe very close to the Moon. On November 8, Chardrayaan-1 will fire its thrusters again, and that will slow it enough to achieve lunar orbit. From there, it will settle down into a much lower, more circular orbit, and then the fun begins as it maps our nearest neighbor in space. I'm really looking forward to the images and science it will return!