The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft accomplished a soft landing on the surface of the Moon on Wednesday evening, solidifying India’s position as a major player in space. This event was orchestrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). With the mission’s success, India has become the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon overall and the first to do it on the lunar south pole.
At 6:04 PM (IST), the Vikram lander of the spacecraft successfully completed a soft touchdown, putting an end to the Chandrayaan-2 lander’s four-year-old crash-landing incident. S Somnath, the head of ISRO, congratulated the mission’s scientific team while stating that the lander’s condition would now be evaluated and the rover will emerge from the module within the next few hours.
The mission’s three goals, according to ISRO, are to show a soft and safe lunar surface landing, lunar rover wandering, and to carry out in-situ scientific research. What follows is what? Learn more here. While the Indian space program is praised for getting so much done with such a small budget, C Raja Mohan contends that India will no longer be able to influence international action on the Moon by thrifty innovation.
However, Nalini Singh makes an audacious request of the politicians in her special article to Express: don’t appear on TV in a live broadcast to claim credit for this incredible accomplishment or to patronizingly pat the ISRO chairman’s back. In this essay about the heavenly body, writer Devdutt Pattanaik, who is renowned for storifying myths, recounts some of the myths, tales, and legends that are a part of our cultural truth, our Indianness.
The image captured by the
Landing Imager Camera
after the landing.
It shows a portion of Chandrayaan-3's landing site. Seen also is a leg and its accompanying shadow.
Chandrayaan-3 chose a relatively flat region on the lunar surface 🙂… pic.twitter.com/xi7RVz5UvW
— ISRO (@isro) August 23, 2023
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