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Lunar Survey Spacecraft Develops an Attitude Problem

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Science  17 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5938, pp. 253
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_253a

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India's first moon probe, Chandrayaan-1, has suffered a critical malfunction that jeopardizes the remainder of the mission. According to the Indian Space Research Organization, Chandrayaan-1 achieved all of its mission objectives before the malfunction was detected in May; some foreign scientists with instruments aboard Chandrayaan-1 concur that the probe performed well. But the spacecraft, which entered lunar orbit last November, can no longer orient itself with high precision.