Saturday, November 15, 2008


A proud day for ISRO, and yes, India. The Hindu's headline appears understated: "India Leaves Its Footprints on Moon."

ISRO's press release on this achievement puts it better : "Indian Tricolour Placed on the Moon on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s Birthday."

ISRO has also released a few images from Chandrayaan. Here're a couple of them:




  1. Anonymous said...

    ""Indian Tricolour Placed on the Moon on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s Birthday."

    Why this obession with the Gandhi family? Tomorrow, if an Indian scientist-politician wins the Nobel prize, I would not be surprised if he says that he will accept it on Nehru's birthday, Indira Gandhi's birthday, Sonia's birthday...

  2. gaddeswarup said...

    The press release also says
    "It may be recalled that the modern Indian space programme was initiated in 1962 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India."
    and unfortunately
    "Finally, the probe had a hard landing on the lunar surface that terminated its functioning."

  3. Pipa said...

    OK who wants to take a shot at a more exuberant headline for this milestone event?

  4. cipher said...

    Hi. Thanks for the images. I was wondering why there were no real images in the media.
    Also in comment 1, someone has called its hard landing and termination of function as unfortunate but the press release does not mention the word unfortunate. I think this was not designed to be a soft landing probe.

  5. gaddeswarup said...

    To cipher above. Thanks for the clarification. I was reading
    and was confused about the landing.