Breaking: India’s Lunar Odyssey Nears Culmination – Catch the Live Spectacle of Chandrayaan-3’s Breathtaking Landing!

Less than 48 hours remain for the highly anticipated landing of India’s third lunar mission on Wednesday at 6.04 pm. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has confirmed a live telecast of the event, starting from 5.20 pm on the same day.

In a recent update, Chandrayaan-3’s Lander Module successfully established two-way communication with Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter. Chandrayaan-2, launched in 2019, aimed for a ‘soft landing’ on the Moon’s south pole but faced communication issues after reaching an altitude as close as 2.1 km from the lunar surface.

An ISRO scientist stated that if unfavorable conditions arise, the landing may be postponed to August 27.

Chandrayaan-3 Live Updates

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Gentle Lunar Landing. Duration of Lander and Rover Exploration.

  • After a successful soft landing on Wednesday, the lander named Vikram and rover Pragyan from the Lander Module will engage in a surface expedition on the Moon’s southern pole for approximately 14 Earth days, equivalent to a single lunar day.
  • The current focus of the Chandrayaan-3 Lander Module is to identify an optimal landing site on the lunar surface. This meticulous effort aims to achieve a historic touchdown on the uncharted side of the Moon.

Aug 22, 2023 08:39 AM IST

Watch this Video on How Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan Will Explore the Moon

  • Lander Vikram is progressively approaching the Moon and is all set for a gentle landing on Wednesday at 6.04 pm. Following landing, payloads will be deployed on the lunar surface to measure temperature, thermal conductivity, seismic activity, and other explorations.
  • Simultaneously, rover Pragyan will carry payloads aimed at identifying the elements in the vicinity of the landing site.

Aug 22, 2023 08:20 AM IST

Understanding Factors Behind Possible Crash Landings – Insights from ISRO Official

  • Amid high expectations for Chandrayaan-3’s soft landing on the Moon’s surface, an ISRO official stated concerns about potential crash landings if the lander’s speed is not controlled. During the descent, speed reduction and Moon’s gravitational force play vital roles.
  • “The lander is scheduled to touch down on the Moon’s surface from a height of 30 km on August 23, with a velocity of 1.68 km/sec. Our focus is on controlling this speed due to Moon’s gravitational force. Failure to control speed could result in a crash landing. If any anomalies in the lander module’s health are detected on August 23, we will postpone the landing to August 27,” explained Nilesh Desai, Director of Space Applications Centre-ISRO.

Aug 22, 2023 07:58 AM IST

Details of Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover’s Moon Exploration Mission

Lander Vikram: Payloads on board include Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) for temperature and thermal conductivity measurement. Another payload, the Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA), will gauge seismic activity near the landing site. The Langmuir Probe (LP) will assess plasma density and variations. Additionally, a passive Laser Retroreflector Array from NASA will be employed for lunar laser studies.

Rover Pragyan: Equipped with an Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to determine elements in the landing site’s vicinity.

Aug 22, 2023 07:49 AM IST

The Motive Behind ISRO’s Moon Mission

We are eagerly anticipating the momentous landing on the Moon’s surface, a pivotal achievement in India’s space exploration aspirations. Discover the actual motives driving this ISRO mission:

  • Demonstration of Safe and Soft Landing on the Lunar Surface
  • Demonstration of Roving Capabilities of the Rover on the Moon
  • Conducting In-Situ Scientific Experiments

Aug 22, 2023 07:30 AM IST

Reflecting on India’s Lunar Mission Journey

This current mission marks the third installment in India’s lunar exploration series, with the previous edition, Chandrayaan-2, launched in 2019. Let’s review the journey of these spacecraft: India’s lunar exploration initiative commenced in 2008 with the launch of the first mission, Chandrayaan-1. It orbited the Moon at an altitude of 100 km, conducting comprehensive chemical, mineralogical, and photo-geologic surveys. Unfortunately, on August 29, 2009, communication with Chandrayaan-1 was lost.

The second mission, Chandrayaan-2, launched in 2019 with more intricate objectives, aimed to land at the Moon’s south pole. However, despite successfully completing orbiting and de-orbiting maneuvers, Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram lost contact with ground stations.

Aug 22, 2023 07:09 AM IST

Marvel at the Latest Lunar Images from the Lander Module

The Lander Module released fresh images of the Moon’s surface ahead of the soft landing. ISRO shared these images via X (formerly Twitter). “Presenting images of the Lunar far side area captured by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC). This camera aids in identifying a safe landing zone, free from boulders and deep trenches, during the descent,” stated ISRO on X.

Aug 22, 2023 06:57 AM IST

Ready to Witness the ‘Soft Landing’ Live Stream

ISRO has already released the live streaming link for witnessing the historic ‘soft landing’ on the Moon. The live stream will commence at 5.20 pm on Wednesday, the scheduled landing date, with the anticipated touchdown around 6.04 pm.

Aug 22, 2023 06:43 AM IST

Triumph Over Challenges in the Lunar Mission

Almost all significant milestones, often referred to as ‘hurdles,’ have been surpassed by this edition of our lunar mission. The final step is the comfortable landing on the Moon’s south pole! A recap of these milestones:

  • July 14: Successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 via LVM3 M4 vehicle into orbit. Chandrayaan-3 commenced its journey to the Moon in its precise orbit.
  • July 15: Successful execution of the first orbit-raising maneuver (Earthbound firing-1) at ISTRAC/ISRO, Bengaluru. The spacecraft occupied an orbit of 41762 km x 173 km.
  • August 1: Successful insertion into the translunar orbit, achieving an orbit of 288 km x 369328 km. Lunar-Orbit Insertion (LOI) was planned for August 5.
  • August 5: Successful insertion into lunar orbit, achieving an orbit of 164 km x 18074 km as intended.
  • August 17: Successful separation of the Lander Module (LM) from the Propulsion Module (PM).

Aug 22, 2023 06:30 AM IST

Unveiling the Key Figures Behind India’s Third Lunar Mission

The countdown has begun for the gentle landing on the Moon’s south pole. If successful, India will become the first country to achieve this feat, marking the fourth lunar landing in history. Curious about the masterminds

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