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About 2 hours back, Chandrayaan-1 successfully made the transition from an elliptical earth orbit to an elliptical (& polar) moon orbit.
Now it's down down down (I think in 4 steps) to its final perch of 100 km above the moon in a circular orbit.
There was some degree of nervousness since yesterday. "Experts recall that about 30% of unmanned moon missions of the US & the former Soviet Union failed during LOI [lunar orbit insertion]," says today's Time of India newspaper, Bombay edition, without attributing the statement to any specific experts. This is the first time I've seen reference to others failures before a maneuver; till now, it was all confidence & positive vibes. Hope this event marks a return to former positive self.
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