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The Indian tricolour marked its presence on the moon on Friday night after having flown 3,86,000km from the earth. The timing of this proud moment had been specially designed to coincide with Children's Day.
The United States, the former Soviet Union and the European Space Agency comprising 17 countries already have their flags on the moon.
The Indian tricolour is painted on all sides of the 29-kg Moon Impact Probe which is attached to the main orbiting spacecraft, Chandrayaan-1, which was launched on October 22.

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India on Friday became the fourth nation to have its flag flying on the Moon's surface when Chandrayaan-1's Moon Impact Probe device, - which has the Indian Tricolour painted on it - touched down.
The 35-kilo payload crash-landed on the lunar surface at around 2030 hrs IST.

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The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on board Chandrayaan-1 is fixed to be released at around 8 pm tomorrow, the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Thursday.

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Chandrayaan-I entered the operational lunar orbit after the final reduction manoeuvre, lasting one minute. It is now at a circular orbit of 102 km above the moon's surface.

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Two more manoeuvres remain for Chandrayaan-1
There are two more manoeuvres to be executed before Chandrayaan-1 is slotted into its final circular orbit of 100 km. above the moon.
According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials, the first manoeuvre is "very important" because it involves steeply reducing the satellites present aposelene (farthest distance from the moon) of 7,502 km to 200 km.
This requires firing of Chandrayaan-1s onboard engine for as long as 15 minutes. If it is successful, Chandrayaan-1 will circle the moon in an orbit of 200 km by 200 km.

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India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 was pushed further towards the moon's surface in the first orbit-lowering manoeuvre late Sunday, a top space agency official said.

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India is celebrating the arrival of its Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft at the Moon.
An 817-second burn from the probe's engine on Saturday slowed Chandrayaan sufficiently for it to be captured by the lunar body's gravity.
The craft is now in an 11-hour polar ellipse that goes out to 7,502km from the Moon and comes as close as 504km.


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Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit
Chandrayaan-1, Indias first unmanned spacecraft mission to moon, entered lunar orbit today (November 8, 2008). ?This is the first time that an Indian built spacecraft has broken away from the Earths gravitational field and reached the moon. This historic event occurred following the firing of Chandrayaan-1 spacecrafts liquid engine at 16:51 IST for a duration of 817 seconds. The highly complex lunar orbit insertion manoeuvre was performed from Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bangalore.

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Chandrayaan to begin orbiting moon on Saturday
Indian space scientists are hopeful that Chandrayaan-1 will Saturday start orbiting the moon.

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India's Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft has moved itself into a position ready to enter into orbit around the Moon.
Since its launch on 22 October, the satellite has been gradually extending its distance from Earth.
The latest engine firing put the probe on a looping trajectory that sweeps out to some 380,000km from home.


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