A probe from India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission has landed on the Moon, officials at the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Friday.
The Moon Impact Probe detached itself from Chandrayaan-1 about 100 km from the Moon’s surface and crash-landed on the south pole of the Moon at 1501 GMT, officials said in Bangalore.
“It was a flawless operation,” said SK Shivakumar, director of ISRO Telemetry’s tracking and command network.
The probe, to be named “Aditya”, aimed to kick up some dust, which instruments in the mother craft would analyse. It had already sent images from its descent to the mother ship, Shivakumar said. At the time of this posting, the images had not yet been published on ISRO’s website.
Indian probe lands on Moon’s surface