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India’s Chandrayaan-3 makes successful landing on the moon

Chandrayaan-3, the latest step in India’s impressive lunar exploration journey, has accomplished a momentous soft landing on the moon’s surface. This successful landing comes as a significant achievement after the setback of its predecessor’s failure in 2019.

The landing occurred precisely at 5:34 am PT (6:04 pm IST) on a Wednesday, more than a month after the spacecraft’s launch. This success has positioned India as the fourth nation globally to achieve a soft landing on the moon, following the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union. Notably, India is the first country to achieve a successful landing on the moon’s south pole, an uncharted territory that promises insights into the moon’s atmosphere and future space exploration possibilities.

ISRO Chairman Applauds Team Effort

Speaking after the triumphant landing, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath praised the collective effort of scientists, engineers, staff, and industries that contributed to the success of Chandrayaan-3. The mission is a testament to their dedication and teamwork.

Advancements Over Challenges

Chandrayaan-3 was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on July 14 using the “Launch Vehicle Mark-III.” The mission’s primary objectives include demonstrating safe landing and roving on the lunar surface while conducting scientific experiments. With a budget of under $75 million, the Chandrayaan-3 comprises a lander, a rover, and a propulsion module housing seven scientific instruments.

To overcome past challenges, the lander of Chandrayaan-3 has been equipped with improved sensors, software, and propulsion systems. Rigorous simulations and testing have been conducted to ensure a higher level of ruggedness for a successful landing.

Scientific Exploration and Insights

The lander’s experiments will focus on seismic vibrations, lunar temperature, plasma near the surface, thermal conductivity, elemental composition, and spectral signatures of Earth. This data will contribute to understanding the lunar environment and will be invaluable for future missions, including human exploration.

Global Significance and Future Endeavors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the significance of India’s moon mission, emphasizing a universal approach to exploration and collaboration. The successful endeavor is a step forward for global space exploration efforts, fostering inspiration and progress for countries worldwide.

Chandrayaan-3 marks a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey, building upon the foundation laid by the Chandrayaan-2 mission. While Chandrayaan-2’s lander-rover faced challenges during landing, its orbiter continues to gather essential data from lunar orbit.

Collaborations and Ambitious Goals

India’s ambitions extend beyond Chandrayaan-3. The nation has signed NASA’s Artemis Accords, symbolizing collaboration in space exploration. Notably, India’s partnership with NASA includes advanced training for Indian astronauts and participation in the International Space Station missions. Future missions include Gaganyaan, a human space flight endeavor, and the Aditya L1 project aimed at studying the sun.

Read more: India Launches Chandrayaan-3 rocket, Mission to Land on Moon on August 23

Furthermore, ISRO and NASA are working together to launch a low-Earth observatory in 2024. This observatory will provide comprehensive Earth data, facilitating analyses of ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea levels, and natural disasters.

India’s triumphant landing on the moon underscores the nation’s growing stature in space exploration and its commitment to advancing scientific knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

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