Chandrayaan-1 moon probe malfunctions
BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's first unmanned moon probe has malfunctioned and may have to curtail its two-year mission, India's space agency said on Friday.
The Chandrayaan-1, which cost $79 million, was launched in October to map the moon's surface and look for precious metals.
"There is a malfunction in the spacecraft but the mission is continuing," S. Satish, spokesman for the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organisation, told Reuters by phone.
"It's not a failure. We have conducted experiments and got all the pictures. But the durability of the spacecraft is in question."
The probe's launch saw India join the Asian space race in earnest, following in the footsteps of rival China and boosting its claim as a rising global power.
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km-long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping. Full Article
Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri Full Article
India to decide on diesel deregulation after state polls - oil ministry source. Full Article
For Oscar-winning Tanovic, Emraan Hashmi’s “serial kisser” tag didn’t matter. Full Article