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Chandrayaan 3: ISRO Aims for Lunar South Pole Touchdown

Chandrayaan 3's ISRO prepares for lunar south pole landing on August 23. Precise manoeuvres and milestones lead to anticipated success in exploration and lunar research.

Chandrayaan 3, ISRO’s lunar mission, approaches the south pole landing on August 23. Images released, successful manoeuvres and milestones precede anticipated lunar touchdown.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for the anticipated landing of Chandrayaan 3 on the moon’s south pole, scheduled for August 23 at approximately 6:04 pm (IST). Ahead of the landing, ISRO released images captured by the Vikram lander, showcasing the chosen landing site. These pictures were revealed two days before the scheduled touchdown.

The images were captured using the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC), a vital tool in identifying a secure landing spot devoid of obstacles like boulders or trenches during the descent. This marks a crucial step in ensuring a safe and successful landing.

Chandrayaan 3’s journey has been marked by a series of precise manoeuvres and milestones. After being launched on July 14 from Sriharikota’s second launch pad, the spacecraft underwent multiple orbit-raising manoeuvres. It achieved orbit around the Moon on August 5 at an altitude of 164 km x 18074 km, subsequently lowering its orbit to 170 km x 4,313 km.

On August 17, the landing module, consisting of the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, was detached from its propulsion system. Over the subsequent days, the spacecraft underwent crucial deboosting operations to adjust its orbit. The latest operation on August 20 reduced its orbit to 25 km x 134 km, setting the stage for the final lunar touchdown.

If all goes according to plan, Chandrayaan 3 is set to achieve a significant milestone on August 23 by successfully landing on the lunar surface. The mission’s journey, marked by meticulous manoeuvres and advancements, exemplifies ISRO’s dedication to exploration and innovation in space technology. This landing has the potential to provide valuable insights into the moon’s south pole region, contributing to our understanding of lunar geology and its potential resources.

Chandrayaan 3’s success would not only enhance India’s reputation in space exploration but also contribute to global lunar research efforts. As the world eagerly anticipates this crucial event, ISRO remains committed to its mission of advancing space science and technology for the betterment of humanity.

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