India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar spacecraft released a small sub-satellite on Friday, which crash landed near the Shackelton crater andÂ placed that nation’s flag on the moon for the first time. The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) hit the surface at 8:31 p.m. after a 25-minute descent from orbit.
Former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam -Â a rocket scientist who conceived of MIP -Â was quoted as saying that he hoped the landing will inspire his young countrymen.
“Landing of MIP will kindle a dream in children. In 15 years, I want to see an Indian on the moon. [The] moon will be a strategic and economic complex of India in the near future,” he said.
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