Tricolour something new to look for on the moon

November 14th, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS  

ISROBangalore, Nov 14 (IANS) A time tested way to mollify crying children in the night has been to show the moon and tell them to spot the ‘deer’ or the ‘old woman’ on it. But from Friday night, many mothers in India may well tell the crying children to spot the saffron-white-green colours of the Indian national flag on the moon.The Indian moon impact probe (MIP) that landed on the lunar surface Friday night has the three colours of the national flag painted on its four sides.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has, incidentally, chosen Children’s Day to land its first probe on the lunar surface.

It is also the birth anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, a votary of scientific temperament.

As a tribute to his interest in science, all major planetariums in India, including in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, are named after Nehru.

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