Did you know that about a year ago, India launched an unmanned rocket designed to orbit the moon? The rocket goes under the name Chandrayaan-I. I am amazed this did not make more of a splash in the media.
As of Sunday morning, Chandrayaan-I had made 3,400 orbits around the moon. Amazing!
Now, India’s space organization, ISRO, is reporting that they’ve lost contact with the craft, due to electronics failures. The vast majority of the data they set out to collect has been collected, so this is perhaps not such a big loss, but sad nonetheless.
Here’s an article about the loss in The Times of India.
Here’s a link to the terrific Chandrayaan-I wiki page.
Here’s a link to the ISRO Chandrayaan-I page.
And here’s a collection of Chandrayaan-I related images.
Well done, ISRO. Keep the dream alive!