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Chandrayan-3 successfully lands on the moon

BY Anas Shah Aug 23, 2023. 05:43 pm UPDATED: Aug 23, 2023. 05:43 pm

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The Chandrayaan-3 rover safely landed on the moon at 5:34 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), making India the fourth country after Russia, the United States, and China to do so.

The ISOR scientists and the people of India celebrated as soon as the rover arrived on the moon.

According to NDTV, the Vikram, which has four engines, switched off two to drop speed over the last 30 kilometers and execute the difficult soft landing.

A successful landing will generate a large amount of fine dust, and the rover Pragyan will not move until the dust has cleared. The moon’s gravity is much weaker than that of Earth, thus dust will not settle as easily.

The event will be broadcast live on the ISRO website and YouTube channel across the country.

As schools reopen and space enthusiasts organize parties in preparation of the historic occasion, India is rejoicing and hoping for it.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the BRICS conference in South Africa and will participate virtually.

If successful, India will be the fourth country after Russia, the United States, and China to land a rover on the moon.

Previously, the Russian moon mission Luna-25 crashed on the moon’s surface after landing on Sunday.

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The Chandrayaan-2 mission failed to land successfully in the same place in 2019, which is riddled with craters and deep holes.

Chandrayan-3 history

The moon lander was launched on July 14, perched on a LVM 3 heavy-lift launch vehicle. It was placed in lunar orbit on August 5.

Who is Vikram Sarabhai?

Vikram is named after Vikram Sarabhai, widely regarded as the father of India’s space program.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) stated that the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS) is ready to begin as the Lander Module (LM) arrives at the specified spot at 17:44 Hrs. IST.

When the ALS command is received, the LM activates the throttleable engines for powered descent. The mission operations team will continue to confirm the command sequence.

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