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Behind the scenes of India’s first lunar mission

10 years ago today, ISRO launched Chandrayaan-1, India’s first lunar orbiter. Today, we present a quick look at how Chandrayaan-1 managed to view a solar eclipse, a first for a lunar mission.

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When the spacecraft managed to image the solar eclipse of July 22, 2009, it was not in its nominal state. In April 2009, one of the two star sensors onboard Chandrayaan-1 had failed. Shortly after, the exposure to extreme solar radiation combined with other factors caused the backup star sensor to fail too.

With the loss of both the star sensors, the spacecraft lost the ability to precisely point to a desired attitude in space. …

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