Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: countdown to the soft landing of the Vikram lander on the Moon has begun; here’s what to expect

LIVE Chandrayaan-3 updates: Chandrayaan-3 will make its maiden attempt to land on the Moon’s south pole zone in less than 100 hours. The ambitious ISRO project will soft-land on the Moon on August 23.

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LIVE CHANDRAAN-3: The Indian spacecraft has gotten closer to the Moon and is on track to soft-land on the lunar surface on Wednesday, August 23. On Sunday, the ISRO announced the successful reduction of the orbit of the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Lander Module (LM). The lander module of Chandrayaan-3, which was launched on July 14, successfully detached from the Propulsion Module on Thursday, 35 days after the mission was launched.

Chandrayaan-3’s mission objectives are to show a safe and gentle landing on the lunar surface, wandering on the Moon, and conducting in-situ scientific experiments.

LIVE CHANDRAAN-3: ‘This mission has the highest likelihood of success,’ says astonomer Professor Annapurni Subramanian, senior astronomer and head of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), who told News18 that the final 30 km of the Chandrayaan-3 mission will be critical. She stated that the parameters of space are enormous and complicated. “There will always be a small non-zero probability that something will go wrong, and we cannot eliminate that,” he said, adding, “but I’m confident we’ll make it this time.” A great deal of planning has gone into it, and Chandrayaan-3 has the best chance of succeeding.”

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Chandrayaan-3 outperforms Luna-25.

The Chandrayaan-3 is larger and more sophisticated than Russia’s Luna-25. It consists of an indigenous Vikram Lander module (LM), a propulsion module (PM), and a Pragyan Rover outfitted with research equipment to analyze the lunar surface’s chemical composition. Luna 25, on the other hand, does not have a rover.

The lift-off mass of Luna-25 is just 1,750 kilograms, which is much less than the 3,800 kg of Chandrayaan-3. 

LIVE: Ex-ISRO chairman says India needs ‘strong rockets and superior technologies’ for Chandrayaan-3.

K Sivan, the former Chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has stated that frugal engineering in the nation is insufficient. India needs larger rockets and more advanced technologies.

The former ISRO chairman told NDTV, “We need bigger rockets and better systems.” Frugal engineering is insufficient. We require strong rockets and cutting-edge technologies.”

LIVE CHANDRAAN-3: Why is a lunar landing so difficult?

According to Professor Annapurni Subramanian, distinguished astronomer and director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), once the lander Vikram enters lunar orbit, it is not required that it land on the surface. Because the spacecraft is hefty, it may also land on a non-uniform surface. Even if the terrain is difficult, the important factor is that the Lander does not tilt. The lander module must inspect the landing spot to determine whether it is safe to land. This difficult task has been mechanized. Subramanian also mentioned that Chandrayaan-3 had strong software. ” We have better maps than the last mission.” “More sensors are available to provide data,” she noted.

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Chandrayaan-3 will be the first spacecraft to land softly on the Moon’s south pole.

If Chandrayaan-3 successfully lands on the Moon’s south pole area, it will be a momentous occasion for India. No country has ever made a gentle landing on the Moon’s surface. The United States, Russia, and China have all attempted soft landings on the Moon’s equatorial area.

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