ISRO’s ambitious mission makes history as it becomes the first country to land a spacecraft on the lunar south pole.
India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft successfully landed on the Moon’s south pole on August 23, 2023, making it the first country to do so. The lander, Vikram, touched down at 6:04 PM IST in the Mare Orientale, a large impact basin on the lunar south pole. The success of Chandrayaan-3 is a major milestone for India’s space program and a significant achievement for the global space community. The mission will help scientists to better understand the Moon’s geology and evolution, and to search for signs of water ice in the lunar south pole.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14, 2023, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. The spacecraft consists of a lander, Vikram, a rover, Pragyan, and an orbiter. The orbiter will remain in orbit around the Moon to study its surface and atmosphere, while the lander and rover will conduct experiments on the lunar surface. The landing of Chandrayaan-3 was a challenging feat, as the Moon’s south pole is a region with extreme temperatures and harsh radiation. However, the ISRO team was able to successfully land the spacecraft thanks to their expertise and careful planning.
The success of Chandrayaan-3 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the ISRO team. It is also a proud moment for India, as it becomes the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the Moon. The mission will help to advance our understanding of the Moon and its potential for future exploration.
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