Astrologers to astronomers:
Oct 22 good day for moon mission launch
Oct 18 (IANS) There are astrologers among the astronomers
in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) too. They
have declared that the day set for the country's first moon
mission, Oct 22, will be aupicious.
years ago, on Oct 22, 2001, ISRO had successfully launched
a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C3) carrying three
satellites - one of its own and two from overseas.
Indian satellite was the 1,108 kg Technology Experiment Satellite
and its co-passengers were Bird from Germany weighing 92 kg
and the Belgian satellite Proba that weighed 94 kg.
was the second time ISRO had launched three satellites in
one flight. The earlier occasion was in 1999 when PSLV-C2
slung the 1,050-kg Indian Remote Sensing satellite IRS P4,
DLR-Tubsat (45 kg) of Germany and South Korean satellite Kitsat
weighing 110 kg.
officials have been making a replica of every rocket they
fly and placing it at the feet of Lord Balaji at the Hindu
holy city of Tirupati a day before every launch. Tirupati
is close to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota,
Andhra Pradesh, the launch site.
lunar mission Chandrayaan will be ISRO's 27th launch and PSLV's