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Chandrayaan-1’s Demise Due to ‘Heat Stroke’ September 7, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in Chandrayaan, Chandrayaan-1, Indian Space Research Organization.

More details have been revealed regarding the demise of the Chandrayaan-1, via The Times of India.

A move of the craft from 100k to 200km in its lunar orbit back in May, originally described as being for a better view of the lunar surface, was actually in response to overheating (as some suspected at the time). Built to anticipate a temperature of 75 degrees celsius at the 100km level, the temperature was actually higher than that, causing  a long series of issues with equipment.

For the full account of the craft’s slow demise, check out the original Times article.



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