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Golden day for Indian space, says ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair

india Updated: Nov 08, 2008 20:16 IST

Literally over the moon after Chandrayaan-1 entered the lunar orbit, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation G Madhavan Nair said on Saturday's achievement would be written in golden letters in India's space history.

"For the first time in the history of India, an Indian-made satellite is circulating the Moon," a jubilant Nair told PTI adding "this will be written in the history of Indian space in golden letters".

Expressing happiness over the accuracy that ISRO got in regard to lunar orbit, Nair, also Secretary in the Department of Space, said nobody (space agency) would have got such a precise orbit in the first attempt.

The achievement goes to the credit of ISRO, which has demonstrated its knowledge base in carrying out long trajectories under the influence of multiple bodies.

"We (India) now have a big leadership position as far as space is concerned," he said.

Chandrayaan-1's orbit would be trimmed to 100 kms in the next three to four days.

According to him, the moon impact probe would be dropped on the Moon's surface around November 15.

"Thereafter, systems (on board Chandrayaan-1) would be switched on one-by-one", Nair said.