Monday, November 24, 2008

Chandrayaan throwing up 'hot' challenges

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: After the successful launch, the historic Chandrayaan I mission is now facing some real challenges from the moon itself.

According to ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair, the temperature inside the satellite had gone up by ten degrees owing to the volatile nature of the moon. The scientists at ISRO are afraid that the temperature raise could hamper some sensitive instruments inside the satellite, which is on a two-year lunar mission.

While delivering the Regent Maharani Setu Lakshmi Bayi Memorial Lecture here on Sunday, Nair said that the scientists are trying to artificially cool the satellite, though it is "a risky mission".
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