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India’s Chandrayaan 3 Achieves Historic Moon Landing at South Pole

India's ISRO Makes Remarkable Lunar History, Surpassing America and Russia's Efforts

Bengaluru | August 23, 2023: In a monumental feat, India’s space agency, ISRO, has etched its name in lunar history by successfully landing the Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft on the Moon’s South Pole. This triumph marks a groundbreaking achievement, propelling India to become the first nation worldwide to accomplish such a remarkable feat.

The remarkable success of Chandrayaan 3 is a testament to the dedication and perseverance of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This achievement not only rectifies the setback faced during the final stages of the Chandrayaan 2 mission but also places India at the forefront of lunar exploration.

At precisely 6:04 PM today, India celebrated a significant milestone as its spacecraft softly touched down near the Moon’s South Pole. The triumphant landing reaffirms ISRO’s unwavering faith in the capabilities of Chandrayaan. This accomplishment sets a precedent for future lunar endeavors.

Chandrayaan 3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Launch Center in Sriharikota on July 14. The meticulous planning and execution by ISRO yielded success at every juncture. This mission took a unique approach by sending the propulsion module without an orbiter, along with a surplus of fuel. This surplus will allow the module to orbit the Moon for the next six months, facilitating comprehensive Earth studies.

ISRO’s adeptness in sending the lander module, housing the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, to the designated orbit (25 by 134 km) was evident. The Vikram lander’s intricate landing process was autonomously controlled by its onboard computer. Bengaluru’s ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC) skillfully directed the lander through precise commands. Monitoring of the lander’s sensors, cameras, and engines was achieved through direct communication with the Deep Space Network at Byalalu, near Bengaluru.

India’s achievement with Chandrayaan 3 resonates far beyond its borders. With this historic milestone, India has not only displayed its prowess in space exploration but has also advanced humanity’s understanding of the Moon’s uncharted territories.

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