Indian Space Program was initiated in the year 1962, when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India. On the 119th birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, on the 14th November 2008, at 08/31pm, India became the fourth country in the world to land a man-made object on the surface of moon. The other countries which landed probes on the moon are the former USSR, the USA and China.
The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) with tri-colour painted on it got separated/ejected from the Indian Spacecraft Chandrayan I, orbiting at 100 km above, at 08/06 pm.
Mr. G.Madhavan Nair, the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced with pride that Indian National flag was placed on the lunar surface. At the outskirts of Bangalore, in the space agency’s telemetry, tracking and command network (ISTRAC), the former President of India/Rocket Scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam an the former Chairman of ISRO, Mr. U.R. Rao were also present to witness the historic event.