Chandrayaan-1 is an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) mission with ESA participation that will study the Moon in great detail. Using a wide range of electromagnetic wavelengths, it will analyse the lunar surface as well as its crust in high resolution, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the origin, evolution and composition of Earth’s only natural satellite. The mission will also drop a lunar probe onto the surface, to test the properties of the surface upon impact.

Chandrayaan-1 is the first collaborative mission between ESA and ISRO, and also the first Indian scientific mission leaving Earth’s vicinity.

Last update: 9 October 2008

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