Chandrayan-I mission was launched on October 22, 2008. It completed 312 days in orbit and made more than 3400 orbits around the moon. Significant scientific achievement of Chandrayaan-I are as follow:
* Demonstrated technological capabilities to accurately navigate the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and place it in an orbit around the Moon, which is at a distance of 4,00,000 km. This capability was achieved in the first attempt.
* Indian Tricolor was dropped on the surface of the Moon through Moon Impact Probe.
* Made observations through various high-resolution instruments to study the Moon surface, mineralogical contents, etc.
The mission has demonstrated the capability of India for deep space communication, advanced sensors, miniaturization, automation etc. Indigenous development of Deep Space Network with 32-m antenna has demonstrated the Indian industry’s capability and maturity. It has enhanced interest of younger generation in scientific and space activities and enhanced India’s prestige amongst the world scientific community.
This was stated by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences (Independent charges), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Parliamentary Affairs in the Rajya Sabha.