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Orbit of Chandrayaan raised

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that the orbit of India's lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-I, has been raised from 100 km to 200 km from the lunar surface.
Earth as viewed by Chandrayaan-1 on 25 Mar. 2009 at 06:13:03 UTC
Earth as viewed by Chandrayaan-1 on 25 Mar. 2009 at 06:13:03 UTC

The orbit raising manoeuvres were carried out between 0900 and 1000 hours IST on May 19, an ISRO press release said. It said this was done after the successful completion of all the major mission objectives.

According to the release, the higher altitude will enable further studies on orbit perturbations and gravitational field of the moon. It would also enable imaging of the lunar surface with a wider swath, the release said.

Chandrayaan-I was lanched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota, on October 22, 2008 by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C11. It was inserted into the lunar obrit on November 8 last year.

The release said that, over the last seven months, all the 11 payloads on board Chandrayaan-I spacecraft had been operationalised successfully and excellent quality data had been received.

It said the scientific community from India and other participating international agencies were analysing the data and already several interesting results had been obstained.
Earth as viewed by Chandrayaan-1 on 25 Mar. 2009 at 07:03:03 UTC
Earth as viewed by Chandrayaan-1 on 25 Mar. 2009 at 07:03:03 UTC

Chandrayaan-I spacecraft operations are being carried out fom the Satellite Control Centre (SCC) of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore and Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu near Bangalore.

The science data from Chandrayaan-I is being archived and disseminated from Indian Space Science Data Centre (ISSDC), also located at Byalalu, the release added.
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