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India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has successfully landed on the Moon

By T.K. Randall
August 24, 2023 · Comment icon 31 comments

The landing marks a major step forward for India's space endeavors. Image Credit: Pixabay / Ponciano
India is now the first country ever to land a spacecraft near the Moon's south pole.
There was much to celebrate at the Indian Space Research Organization yesterday when the signal came back to say that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft's Vikram lander had successfully touched down near the lunar south pole - a complex maneuver that has now opened up a whole new are of the Moon for exploration.

Suffice to say, the news brought about celebrations across the country.

"This is a victory cry of a new India," said prime minister Narendra Modi. "We are witnessing history."
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is carrying a small wheeled rover that, if all goes to plan, will soon disembark from the lander and trundle around the lunar surface for up to two weeks.

Its goals will be to take photographs and to look for evidence of water ice.

This particular region of the Moon is thought to be home to large amounts of ice which could, in the future, provide a potential human base with drinking water, oxygen and fuel.

It will be very interesting indeed to see what, if anything, the rover finds there.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (31)

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Comment icon #23 Posted by Alchopwn 7 months ago
Who cares about sending yet another robot to the Moon?  The USA is preparing to send a manned mission to Mars.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Comment icon #25 Posted by Still Waters 7 months ago
Chandrayaan-3: Isro puts India's Moon lander and rover in 'sleep mode' India's lunar lander and rover have been put to bed as the Sun begins to set on the Moon, the country's space research agency Isro has said. They have been put in "sleep mode" and "will fall asleep next to each other once the solar power is depleted and the battery is drained", it said. Isro added that it hoped they would reawaken "around 22 September" when the next lunar day starts. The lander and rover need sunlight to charge their batteries and function.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Comment icon #28 Posted by Hammerclaw 7 months ago
It's been quite the impressive mission.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Comment icon #30 Posted by Ajay0 7 months ago
Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield on why the Vikram lander took two descent pauses.    
Comment icon #31 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 months ago
Chandrayaan-3: Indian space agency Isro says no signal yet from Moon lander  

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