India on the Moon

In the week just ended India sent its first probe on the Moon. As announced by a spokesman of the Indian Space (ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization) probe Indian Aditya has landed on the lunar surface to 16.04 (Italian time) on 14 November.

The probe was game to 6.22 am on October 22 last year on board the Chandrayaan-1 rocket from the base of coastal Srihakot, in the southern Indian state dell'Andra Pradesh, and the Nov. 4 had entered into the moon.

The main objective of the mission is research dell'isotopo helium 3, very rare on Earth but much sought after because it is considered likely to be used in the production of nuclear energy.

The mission has cost about 80 million dollars. The first probe to land on the Moon was the Russian probe "Luna 2", on September 12 of 1959, have since succession different missions operate primarily of U.S. and Soviet Union, culminating with the descent of the first astronauts on the lunar soil on 20 July 1969 when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, fell dall'Apollo 11, were the first men to walk on the lunar soil. The latest probe, the probe first Indian to reach the moon probe was the Japanese "Selene" launched in September 2007.

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