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On the shoulders of the soft-spoken M Annadurai rests a mission that will make history for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and for India. The man, who has worked on a dozen ISRO missions, is now the project director of the most ambitious of missions of ISRO till date.
Annadurai, who went to a small school in his native Kothavady village near Coimbatore, is now preparing to send Indias first mission to the moon, Chandrayaan I.

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Indias Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 begins its road journey on Gandhi Jayanti. A convoy of eight vehicles including a trailer carrying the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft will depart from the Isro Satellite Centre on Airport Road early Thursday and arrive at Sriharikota on Friday evening.


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Europe is participating in a big way in the Indian Space Agencys Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon, by contributing three instruments. All these instruments have now been delivered, tested and integrated with the spacecraft.

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Chandrayaan mission could be delayed
India`s maiden moon mission could begin its space odyssey in December if it misses its earliest launch window of October 19-26, former ISRO chief Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan has said.

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All set for moon mission next month

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Chandrayaan: Oct 19 launch likely, weather permitting
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, unveiled Indias first mission to the moon Chandrayaan- 1.
The Chandrayaan-1 satellite will be launched by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
However, ISRO officials did not confirm the date of the launch, but hinted that Chandrayaan-1 could lift off on October 19 if weather permitting.

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Indias first unmanned mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan 1, will be unveiled by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Thursday. An upgraded version of the hugely successful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will be used to send Chandrayaan to space and within 100 kilometres of the lunar surface.

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Chandrayaan-1 will carry 11 instruments, five from India and six from abroad. They will map the minerals and chemicals on the lunar soil and also provide clues to the moons origin.

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Chandrayaan-1 passes crucial test
India's maiden shot at the moon is now all set for lift off in the last week of October. Named Chandrayaan-1 the satellite has just passed a crucial test which simulated how the space craft would perform in the hostile vacuum like environment near the moon.

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India will be helped by Russia, Spain and the United States in deep space tracking of Chandrayaan-I, its maiden moon mission that will be launched later this year.

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