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Chandrayaan-1 Restrospective September 3, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in Chandrayaan, Chandrayaan-1.

With India having ended it’s Chandrayaan-1 mission this week (much earlier than its two years, due to losing contact with the craft), it’s time for a retrospective on its accomplishments:

The key, lasting impacts of the mission I believe are intertwined: putting India on the lunar map, and the research into helium-3 quantities. With a bursting population, India is a natural candidate to have serious interest in fusion power as a solution to future energy stresses—and the Chandrayaan program is essentially a signal that India is in the lunar ‘helium rush’ for real.

Here’s a video on Chandrayaan-1 with some neat interviews with people from the ISRO itself; and for details on some of the craft’s instruments, check out my series of features on its payloads.



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