As a result of India’s space agency’s successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lander on the Moon’s surface, India became the first to touch down on one of the Moon’s polar regions. The project is going to start investigating a region of the Moon that is quite interesting, but Chandrayaan-3 will be the first spacecraft to reach this region while it is still there.
Continue reading down below to learn more about the amazing event.
We have achieved our goal flawlessly from the day we started rebuilding our spacecraft after the Chandrayaan 2 experience. It has been a breath in and breath out for our team! This has been possible only because of the immense effort from our Chandrayaan-3 team, stated associate project director Kalpana Kalahasti.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, which was developed by the Indian Space Resource Organization (ISRO) and launched earlier this month, successfully touched down on the Moon’s south pole on Wednesday (August 23). The spacecraft transmitted back its first photographs from the lunar surface not long after landing, along with images obtained throughout the fall to the surface of the Moon. You can view them below:
The communication link is established between the Ch-3 Lander and MOX-ISTRAC, Bengaluru.
— ISRO (@isro) August 23, 2023
ISRO’s mission is scheduled to continue for just one lunar day, which is actually equivalent to 14 days on Earth. During this time, the rover will conduct several kinds of research, one of which will be a spectrum study of the minerals found on the surface of the Moon. Additionally, it is believed that water ice may be found in the lunar south pole, and this ice might provide future expeditions with a supply of oxygen, fuel, and water.
It has only been a few days since a Russian lunar mission was unsuccessful, and it has been four years since the Chandrayaan-2 lander from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) wrecked on the Moon back on September 6, 2019, owing to a last-minute navigation software failure.