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Chandrayaan reaches the moon

November 15, 2008
A beaming Tricolour will flutter on the moon now.

India is officially on the moon. After a couple of tense moments, the Lunar Impact Probe which was launched by the Chandrayaan planted the Tricolour on the moon at 8.31pm.

The mood was upbeat at Bangalore after the Indian tricolor marked it presence on the moon on Friday night after having flown 3,86,000km from the earth.

Incidentally this proud day for India coincides with Children's day which makes it even more special. India becomes the fourth nation after the US, Russia and the European Space Agency to have the national flag painted on the moon. The moment of pride was very obvious at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Peenya, Bangalore.

Image: A picture of the moon's surface taken by the Moon Impact Probe on November 14, 2008 as it approached the Lunar surface, after separating from Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.

Text: Vicky Nanjappa

Photograph courtesy: ISRO

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