Sunday, November 16, 2008

Color Me Less Than Impressed

I hate to piss on anyone's parade here, but come on...

Chandrayaan-I reaches its final resting orbit

BANGALORE: India's unmanned lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 on Wednesday successfully entered the operational lunar orbit after ISRO scientists carried out final orbit reduction manoeuvre, lasting one minute.


On November 9, India became the fifth member of the global moon club with Chandrayaan-1 entering the lunar orbit at 5.04 pm (IST). The other four members are the US, Russia (former Soviet Union), Japan, China and members of European Space Agency (ESA).


Experts said it was a significant feat because India's moonshot was successful in the very first attempt — something that even major space powers like the US and Russia could not achieve. The man who launched the Indian moon mission, Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, had said, "It's undoubtedly a great moment for India because nearly 50% of the moon missions of other countries have not been successful."

Let's recap.

Nearly four decades ago, at a time when you'd need a warehouse the size of Rhode Island to house a computer with the computational capacities of a Commodore Vic-20, we had guys playing golf on the surface of the moon.

Last week, India put an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit.

On their first try!