On August 20th, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a milestone with the successful launch of the “Chandrayaan-3” lunar exploration spacecraft, this mission had begun on July 14th. This marks the organization’s second attempt at a moon landing, following the failed mission of Chandrayaan-2 in 2019.
ISRO recently announced that the Chandrayaan-3 lander is scheduled to touch down on the moon at approximately 18:04 on August 23, Indian Standard Time. To add to the excitement, the landing process will be broadcast live at that time.
The powerful LVM3 rocket, standing tall at 43.5 meters and weighing 642 tons, carried “Chandrayaan-3” into space. ISRO Chairman Somanath proudly declared the launch mission a complete success, paving the way for Chandrayaan-3’s moonward journey.
As planned, Chandrayaan-3 will execute a soft landing close to the moon’s south pole on or around August 23. This success would catapult India to the elite club of nations that have accomplished moon landings, joining the likes of the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China.
Based on past data, we know that Chandrayaan-2, the precursor to Chandrayaan-3, suffered a setback when its signals were lost mere 2.1 kilometers away from the lunar surface in September 2019, ultimately leading to the failure of India’s maiden moon landing endeavor.
Learning from the past, Chandrayaan-3 comprises a sophisticated propulsion module, a state-of-the-art lander, and an advanced rover.
The primary objective of this mission is to showcase India’s capability in landing and roving on the moon’s surface, thereby contributing to the development of novel technologies for future interplanetary endeavors.
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