New Delhi, India (CNN) Scientists have discontinued several instruments on board to stop global warming in India’s first unmanned spacecraft.
The spacecraft carrying the first lunar probe in India, Chandrian -1, will sail from Sriharikota.
Milwwame Anadurai, the lunar expedition project manager, told CNN that temperatures on board the Chandrayaan-1 rose to 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit).
The increase occurred as the spacecraft and the moon – orbiting it – and the Sun lined up, a phenomenon Anadurai said was unexpected and likely to continue until the end of December.
Eliminating the possibility of damage, Anadurai said, adding that the temperature had now fallen to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
Anadurai said that the temperature on the Chandrian-1 should not exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), but she insisted that the orbit was designed to withstand 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).
Chandrayaan-1 – Chandrayaan “Moon Vehicle” in Sanskrit was successfully launched from southern India on October 22. Watch the launch of India’s first lunar mission »
Its two-year mission is to capture high-resolution and 3D images of the moon’s surface, especially permanently shaded polar regions. The group said it would also search for evidence of water or ice and try to determine the chemical composition of some lunar rocks.
Earlier this month, the Moon Impact Probe probe was disconnected from Chandrayaan-1 and successfully landed on the moon.
Officials say the probe of the size of the TV, decorated with the Indian flag, hit the surface of the moon at 5,760 km per hour (3,579 mph).
The data was transferred to Chandrayaan-1 before the collision but was not intended to be recovered after that.
Chandrayaan-1 carries freight from the United States, the European Union, and Bulgaria. India plans to share data from the mission with other programs, including NASA.
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