India Makes History: Chandrayaan-3 Achieves First Successful Lunar South Pole Landing

The triumph of the Chandrayaan-3 mission holds immense significance for India's space exploration aspirations.

Aug 23, 2023 - 18:23
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India Makes History: Chandrayaan-3 Achieves First Successful Lunar South Pole Landing
India Makes History: Chandrayaan-3 Achieves First Successful Lunar South Pole Landing

In a historic achievement, India has become the first country to successfully land near the lunar south pole with its Chandrayaan-3 mission. After a 40-day journey that commenced from the Sathish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has accomplished a remarkable feat. The Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-3 mission executed a flawless soft landing at 6.04 PM IST on August 23.

The critical phase of the mission began at 5.44 PM IST when ISRO initiated the automatic landing sequence. The Vikram lander, equipped with its onboard computers and advanced logic, undertook the intricate task of achieving a gentle landing on the Moon's surface. While closely monitored by mission controllers at ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network), the autonomous systems aboard the lander undertook the intricate maneuvers, marking a significant leap in India's space exploration capabilities.

Chandrayaan-3 is a successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission conducted in 2019, during which the Vikram lander unfortunately crash-landed on the lunar surface. The primary objective of Chandrayaan-3 was to validate ISRO's potential to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, a feat that only a handful of countries have managed to accomplish. With this successful mission, India now joins the exclusive club comprising the United States, the Soviet Union, and China as the only nations to achieve soft lunar landings.

The triumph of the Chandrayaan-3 mission holds immense significance for India's space exploration aspirations. It not only demonstrates the nation's growing expertise in space technology but also showcases ISRO's perseverance in learning from past setbacks. The successful landing near the lunar south pole opens up new avenues for scientific research and exploration, given the unique geological characteristics of this region.

The achievement has been met with nationwide celebrations and pride, as citizens and scientists alike applaud ISRO's monumental accomplishment. The successful soft landing of the Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander on the Moon's south pole reaffirms India's position in the global space community and paves the way for more ambitious space endeavors in the future.

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