ROSALIND FRANKLIN (ROVER)
"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson
"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun
"You’re going very fast when you’re on orbit, going around the world once every hour and a half." - Robert Crippen
"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux
The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India's national space agency, was a lunar probe that was released by ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 lunar remote sensing orbiter which in turn was launched, on 22 October 2008, aboard a modified version of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. It discovered the presence of water on the Moon. The Moon Impact Probe separated from the Moon-orbiting Chandrayaan-1 on 14 November 2008, 20:06 and crashed, as planned, out of the lunar south pole after a controlled descent. The MIP struck the Shackleton Crater at 20:31 on 14 November 2008 releasing underground debris that could be analysed by the orbiter for presence of water/ice. With this mission, India became the fourth nation to reach the lunar surface. Other entities to have done so are the former Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan.