Chandrayaan 3 Makes Historic Landing on Moon

India achieved a significant milestone as it successfully executed the landing of its Chandrayaan 3 robotic probe on the lunar surface. The event occurred on Wednesday, with the Chandrayaan 3 lander making a precise touchdown near the Moon’s South Pole at approximately 8:33 a.m. EDT (6:03 p.m. IST).

Lunar landings have presented considerable challenges in recent times, evident from the recent Luna 24 probe crash by Russia, the Japanese Hakuto-R Mission 1’s unfortunate loss, and India’s own setback with the Chandrayaan 2 lander’s failure in September 2019.

The journey of Chandrayaan 3 commenced on July 14, 2023, when it was launched atop a Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3) from Sriharikota, India. The mission’s name, “Chandrayaan,” finds its origins in the Sanskrit words “Chandra” meaning moon and “Yaan” meaning vehicle, as explained by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Loaded with a collection of scientific instruments, the lander is also accompanied by a compact rover. The mission’s profile, as outlined by the Indian space agency, anticipates both the lander and rover to operate effectively for a solitary lunar day, equivalent to 14 days on Earth. This mission signifies India’s persistent efforts in lunar exploration and technological advancement.

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