ISRO launched its first ever lunar satellite in October 2008 but after loss of contact in August 2009, the satellite was considered “lost”; after 8 years, the US space agency NASA re-found “Chandrayaan-1” orbiting the moon.
In October 2008, the Indian Space Research Organization launched its debut lunar satellite “Chandrayaan-1” at the cost of $79 million with an aim to explore the moon surface and research precious lunar elements. The project was expected to last for two years but was terminated after the loss of contact with the orbiting ancillary in August 2009. The satellite was declared “lost” due to technical problems and they also assumed that it may have crashed on the moon surface.
Now the story changer bit: The famous American space research organization, NASA recently spotted the “fictionally dead” long lost Chandrayaan-1 during their expedition for NASA’s lost “Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter” which was also found. Bingo for the dual score NASA! The Indian satellites was found after eight years and according to JPL’s calculations, Chandrayaan-1 is orbiting roughly 200kms above the surface of moon.
“Optical telescopes are unable to search for small objects hidden in the bright glare of the moon. However, a new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by scientists at NASA’s JPL can do so” says JPL; which implies that Chandrayaan-1 was the perfect candidate to test the new technology.
The radar scientist at JPL, Marina Brozovic said that finding LRO was easy but finding Chandrayaad-1 was quite tricky considering its miniature size. It is a cube about five feet on each side that is about half the size of a car. That really is miniature in proportion with the size of moon’s orbit.
Moral of the story: Never stop trying, don’t lose hope, don’t declare ends and crashes based on assumptions. Stay positive, please!