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Posted by on 25 Aug 2023 in Space News

India’s Chandrayaan-3 Lands Successfully on the Moon

India's third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, successfully landed in the vicinity of the moon's south pole on August 23, 2023, at 6:04 pm IST. The mission, managed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is the first to explore this region of the moon, which is believed to contain water ice and other resources.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft consists of three modules: a propulsion module, a lander named Vikram (meaning "valor" in Sanskrit), and a rover named Pragyan (meaning "wisdom" in Sanskrit). The propulsion module carried the lander and rover to lunar orbit. The lander and rover separated and went on to perform a soft landing near the lunar south pole at 70 degrees latitude.

Once on the surface, the rover Pragyan deployed. The solar-powered rover has six wheels and carries two scientific instruments: an alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) and a laser-induced breakdown spectroscope (LIBS). These instruments can analyze the chemical composition of the lunar soil and rocks.

According to ISRO, the lander and rover will operate for 14 Earth days (one lunar day), while the propulsion module will remain in orbit for a year. The mission aims to conduct in-situ scientific experiments. Future plans for ISRO include sending Indian astronauts to space under its Gaganyaan project.


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