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Chandrayaan-1 was India's first unmanned lunar probe. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008, and operated until August 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor. India launched the spacecraft with a modified version of the PSLV, PSLV C11 on 22 October 2008 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km north of Chennai, at 06:22 IST (00:52 UTC).
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Scientists have discovered moon's biggest and deepest crater - some 2,400 kms long and 9 km deep - using data from a Nasa instrument that flew aboard India's maiden unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-I.
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Radar on Chandrayaan finds deepest crater on moon

Scientists have discovered moon's biggest and deepest crater--some 2,400 kms long and 9 km deep -- using data from a NASA instrument that flew aboard India's maiden unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-I.
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Chandrayaan I finds ice near Moon's north pole

Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard Indias Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits totalling at least an estimated 600 million metric tons near the moons north pole.
NASAs Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters ranging in size from 2 to 15 km in diameter with water ice, the US space agency announced Monday.

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Chandrayaan's M3 discovers new lunar rock type

The Moon Minerology Mapper (M3) on Chandrayaan-1, which famously discovered the presence of water and hydroxyl molecules on the lunar surface material last year, has now identified a new lunar rock type on the far side of the moon. The M3 is a NASA instrument. This was reported here on Monday by Carle Pieters of Brown University, lead author of the present study, at the Sixth Chandrayaan-1 Science Meeting being held at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), a unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The rock-type is dominated by a mineral termed as 'magnesium spinel.'
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Chandrayaan's team deprived of Padma Shri

Despite Chandrayaan-1 being the first lunar mission of India, the scientists and engineers engaged in the mission remained unrecognised with no mention in the list of Padma Shri awardees, reports Srinivas Laxman of Times Of India.
The reason for their work being overlooked is a rule framed by the government a few years ago stipulating that those attached to government organisations like ISRO and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) will not be entitled to any "government-backed" awards, like the prestigious Padma awards.

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The data gathered by Chandrayaan-I mission provides vast scope for research on the moon, a top ISRO scientist said today.
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Chandrayaan instrument finds magnetosphere around Moon

After confirming the presence of water on the lunar surface, India's Chandrayaan-1 mission has, for the first time, discovered mini-magnetosphere that would throw light on the "inventory" of Hydrogen on the moon, a top space scientist said on Friday.
SARA (Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyser), an instrument on board the country's first lunar orbiter, has made the discovery, Dr Anil Bhardwaj, the Principal Investigator for SARA, said.

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ISRO find gets European stamp
A European Space Agency atom reflecting analyser on board ISROs Moon Impact Probe has confirmed that the water molecules detected on the moon were generated from within and not from an external source.

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Interview with R.R. Navalgund, Director, Space Applications Centre.
The Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, is one of the important centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Dr R.R. Navalgund is its Director. The SAC has built scores of remote-sensing, meteorological and communication payloads for the satellites launched by the ISRO.
The centre played a key role in the Chandrayaan-1 project by building two of its 11 scientific instruments - the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) and the Hyperspectral Imager (HySI).

"The TMC has been very useful in finding important details" - R.R. Navalgund.

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