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India's first space mission finds water on moon
An Indian space mission claims to have found water on the moon, raising hopes that a manned base could be established there within the next two decades.
It has been widely believed that the moon was dry, but data from India's Chandrayaan-1 mission allegedly found clear evidence of water there, apparently concentrated at the poles and possibly formed by the solar wind.

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Did Chandrayaan find water on Moon's surface?
Did India's maiden Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 find water on the lunar surface before the project was aborted? There were indications on Tuesday that it had. An announcement about a "major discovery" made by Chandrayaan-I is expected on Thursday, and the buzz is that this could be about water on the Moon.

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ISRO, NASA experiment to look for ice on moon ended in failure
A NASA scientist has said that his joint experiment with ISRO to look for ice in a permanently shadowed crater near the moon's North Pole using Chandrayaan-I had failed.
Known as bi-static experiment, it involved coordinated use of Chandrayaan-I and US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.
Ahead of the experiment, LRO executed a minor manoeuvre to adjust its orbit to Chandrayaan-I and both spacecraft made observations of the Erlanger Crater from different angles at the same time.
However, when NASA scientists analysed the data, they found that Chandrayaan-I was not pointed to the moon when the observations were being made.

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Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have started decoding the data retrieved from Chandrayaan-1 and said they are coming up with interesting findings which will provide them insights into various aspects of the moon.

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Indian media should stop criticising the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for abruptly terminating Chandrayaan-1 and instead applaud the success of its moon mission, a European space scientist has said.
Although its life was cut short, ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 was a "fantastic success", Detlef Koschny, European Chandrayaan-1 project scientist, said in an e-mail interview.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) intends to make public the entire data collected from the Chandrayaan-1 mission by the end of the year or early next year. The data will go up once the 'lock-in' period for such material expires sometime in November or slightly later.

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Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Madhavan Nair has said that heat alone was not the culprit as India's maiden moon mission was called off much before its scheduled lifecycle recently.
A combination of factors including radiation, caused calling off of the mission.

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No data lost from Chandrayaan

Chandrayaan-I may have met a premature death, but its mission remains more or less accomplished . The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has said that the termination of Chandrayaan-1 last week after losing radio contact with earth will not impact the retrieval of scientific data it has carried out in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Scientists from India and abroad, who designed the payloads -- scientific instruments -- on board Chandrayaan-I spacecraft today exchanged ideas and observations on the data received from the moon mission, which terminated abruptly recently.
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Chandrayaan-I was 'killed' by heat stroke
The reasons for early termination of the Chandrayaan-I mission are now tumbling out and they reveal that ISRO had kept the Moon orbiter's problems tightly under wraps.
Contrary to the space agency's explanation that Chandrayaan's orbit around the Moon had been raised from 100km to 200km in May this year for a better view of the Moon's surface, it is now known that this was because of a miscalculation of the Moon's temperature that had led to faulty thermal protection.

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ISRO admits 'miscalculation' led to Chandrayaan's termination
A senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has candidly admitted that scientists miscalculated the temperature of the moon and that this had led to the early termination of the Chandrayaan-I mission last month.

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India's maiden moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, in one of its vital findings, has endorsed the lunar magma ocean hypothesis, helping the scientists better understand the history of the satellite, a NASA scientist said here today.

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