The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

India Satellite Crashes Into the Moon

But they tried to do that…no, really.  The satellite called Chandraayan 1 carried a small impactor.  While the main satellite stayed safely in orbit, the impactor was sent on a collision course to the Moon.

The 64 lbs impactor carred a laser altimeter, a camera, and a mass spectrograph to study what little air there is on the Moon.  It crashed this morning (10:31 am Eastern time).  They have not released any results yet, but early indications are everything went as planned.  It hit the Moon at a speed of about a mile per second, so needless to say, it’s not going to be sending back any more pictures!

However, it wasn’t supposed to.  If functioned as designed and I am Jonesin’ for some pics!

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November 14, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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