NASA spots Chandrayaan

United States (US) space agency NASA has spotted Chandrayaan-1, the rocket that India sent to the moon in 2008. Chandrayaan-1, which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 2008, had ‘gone missing’ in 2009.

ISRO lost contact with Chandrayaan-1 on August 29, 2009, almost a year after it was launched on October 22, 2008. Now, scientists at a NASA lab in California have spotted the spacecraft circling the moon about 200 kilometres above the lunar (reference to the moon) surface. Spotting Chandrayaan-1 was not easy as the spacecraft is a small cube, just around the size of a large carton. NASA used two powerful telescopes to spot the craft.

Although it’s not clear how useful Chandrayaan-1 will be now, NASA’s track and search technique used to find it could be put to good use as space becomes more and more crowded with space crafts and rockets sent up by different space agencies.

By this time next year, India would have launched Chandryaan 2, its second craft headed to the moon. But this one will be different and more advanced-it will include a lander which will descend to the moon’s surface to conduct experiments.

Did you know?

Chandrayaan-1’s most important find was the discovery of water on the moon