Chandrayaan-3, the Indian spacecraft, has made significant progress in its mission to soft-land on the lunar surface. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the lander module successfully reduced its orbit on Sunday, bringing it closer to the moon. Launched on July 14, the lander module separated from the propulsion module 35 days later, marking a successful milestone in the mission.The key objectives of Chandrayaan-3 include demonstrating a safe and soft landing on the moon, showcasing rover roving capabilities, and conducting in-situ scientific experiments. To achieve these goals, the ISRO has equipped the lander with advanced technologies, including the Lander Position Detection Camera (LPDC) and the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC). The LPDC captures images of the moon to help the lander determine its position, while the LHDAC assists in locating a suitable landing area during the descent.In the latest update provided by ISRO, the mission is reported to be on schedule, with regular checks being conducted on the systems.
The Mission Operations Complex at ISRO is said to be filled with energy and excitement as the Chandrayaan-3 soft landing approaches. This development gains further significance after Russia’s Luna-25 mission failed, making all eyes turn to India for a successful lunar landing on August 23, 2023, at approximately 18:04 IST.ISRO has also announced that the live telecast of the landing operations at the Mission Operations Complex will commence at 17:20 IST on Wednesday. Viewers can witness the landing action through the ISRO website, its YouTube channel, Facebook, and the public broadcaster DD National TV from 17:27 IST on August 23, 2023.
The mission is on schedule.
Systems are undergoing regular checks.
Smooth sailing is continuing.
The Mission Operations Complex (MOX) is buzzed with energy & excitement!
The live telecast of the landing operations at MOX/ISTRAC begins at 17:20 Hrs. IST… pic.twitter.com/Ucfg9HAvrY
— ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2023
Chandrayaan-3 aims to build upon the achievements of its predecessor, Chandrayaan-2, by demonstrating end-to-end capabilities in safe landing and roving on the lunar surface. The mission holds great promise for the Indian space program and will contribute to advancing our understanding of the moon through scientific experiments and exploration. As the countdown to the momentous landing continues, the anticipation and curiosity surrounding Chandrayaan-3 grow. The entire nation eagerly awaits this landmark achievement in India’s space exploration endeavors.