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Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Reaches 100km Lunar Orbit 152

Matt_dk writes "Today, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has successfully reached its intended operational orbit at a height of about 100 km from the lunar surface. This followed a series of three orbit reduction manoeuvres conducted during the past three days by repeatedly firing the spacecraft's 440 Newton Liquid Engine. The next major event of Chandrayaan-1 mission planned in the coming days is the release of Moon Impact Probe (MIP) from the spacecraft and its eventual hitting of the moon's surface."
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Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Reaches 100km Lunar Orbit

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  • by ashitaka ( 27544 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @03:02PM (#25736885) Homepage

    The Terrain Mapping Camera on board has a 5m resolution so even something as big as the LEM descent unit or the lunar rovers will only be 1 pixel in size.

    Not enough to shut the hoaxers up. (Not that anything short of dumping them on the lunar surface will)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @04:02PM (#25737801)

    The term 'untouchable' is banned in India. The current Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court is an 'untouchable'. The Chief Minister (== governor) of Uttar Pradesh (the most populous state, and one with the most number of representatives in parliament) is an 'untouchable' lady. The president before the last one, was an untouchable. Doesnt prove anything, but things are improving.

  • by phantomcircuit ( 938963 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @04:13PM (#25737967) Homepage

    Wait so they are just going to drop their flag on the moon?

    That is just incredibly disingenuous, planting a flag has always meant that a human has set foot on the land.

    Also Russia and Japan are lame for that as well.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @06:00PM (#25739387)

    So India's leadership has been open to every class huh?

    Why don't we ask the untouchables that people like you pretend don't exist anymore how accepted they feel.

    Until then, why don't you stop lying to yourself and the audience, and shut YOUR uniformed mouth.

    Have YOU asked our 'untouchables'? Our constitution banned such discrimination right when it was written. Infact, the scholar who prepared ours was infact from the community you call 'untouchables'. So there.

    Show many how many years after your american independence your blacks got freedom, voting rights, womens voting rights, etc etc legally. Just a couple of years back I heard on your radio that a judge asked a cop not to treat blacks like animals. That's where you guys are now, and you have the nerve to lecture to me about our society?
    Thanks but no thanks.

  • by jbezorg ( 1263978 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @06:18PM (#25739635)
    You'll get use to it because it's kinda like someone thinking all U.S. Citizens are obese, xenophobic, gun toting rednecks. Just gotta laugh when you know it's a joke and... shoot the foreigner who think it's true. Then go get some beer and waddle up to the all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • by khallow ( 566160 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @06:33PM (#25739863)
    Remember they went to an observatory. NASA doesn't have any observatories on Earth. If you're at that stage of the conspiracy where the observatory is in on the scam, then Mythbusters itself isn't sufficiently independent of NASA.
  • by XchristX ( 839963 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @10:20PM (#25742045)

    Hate crimes do take place against the disadvantaged groups in rural areas from time to time. The difference is that the educated middle class (numbering 300 million people from many walks of life) generally takes a dim view on caste intolerance in the country. I myself am middle class, and the product of an intercaste marriage (mother's family is a "high-caste" Brahmin though poor refugees from East Pakistan, father's family is a Dalit "untouchable" though relatively wealthy) and there never were any problems from anybody. Plus, India outlaws any discrimination against disadvantaged peoples, and has 50% affirmative action in schools, colleges and jobs for all disadvantaged peoples.

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.