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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 6, 2005 17:30:37 GMT -6
Agreement signed for European instruments on Chandrayaan-1
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an agreement on 27 June 2005 for including European instruments on board India's first scientific mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1.
Chandrayaan-1 is planned for launch around 2007 on board India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The 525 kg satellite will be placed in 100 km polar orbit around the Moon with a lifetime of two years. It will help to unravel the mysteries of the origin and evolution of the Solar System and, in particular, the Moon.