Chandrayaan program

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The Indian Lunar Exploration Program (Sanskrit: चन्द्रयान, lit: Moon vehicle[1][2] About this sound pronunciation ), also known as the 'Chandrayaan program, is an ongoing series of outer space missions by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The program incorporates a lunar orbiters and future lunar landers & rovers spacecraft.

Program structure[edit]

The Chandrayaan (Indian Lunar Exploration Program) program is a multiple mission program and so far only one orbiter has been sent to Moon using ISRO's workhorse PSLV rocket and the second spacecraft is being readied for late 2016-early 2017 launch using GSLV rocket.

Phase I: Orbital missions[edit]

The first phase includes the launch of the first lunar orbiters.

  • Chandrayaan-1, launched on 22 October 2008 aboard a PSLV-XL rocket, was a big success for ISRO as the Moon Impact Probe a payload on board the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft discovered water on the moon. Apart from discovering water the Chandrayaan-1 mission had performed several other tasks such as mapping and atmospheric profiling of moon.

Phase II: Soft landers/rovers[edit]

The second phase is under preparation which will incorporate spacecraft capable of soft-landing on the Moon and will also deploy robotic rover on lunar surface.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "chandra". Spoken Sanskrit. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "yaana". Spoken Sanskrit. Retrieved 5 November 2008.