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Fear, Faith, Hope, Prayers fuel Chandrayaan-3’s soft landing; 10 key points

Chandrayaan-3 Soft Landing: As India holds its breath, the much-awaited lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, gears up for a historic landing on the moon’s surface today evening at 6.04 pm. A blend of fervent celebrations and hopeful prayers envelopes the nation, with scientists’ predictions of “20 minutes of terror” prior to the crucial touchdown. Here are the […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Aug 23, 2023 10:27 IST
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Chandrayan-3's Soft landing

Chandrayaan-3 Soft Landing: As India holds its breath, the much-awaited lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, gears up for a historic landing on the moon’s surface today evening at 6.04 pm. A blend of fervent celebrations and hopeful prayers envelopes the nation, with scientists’ predictions of “20 minutes of terror” prior to the crucial touchdown.

Here are the ten points of the big Mission:

Landing schedule: The landing is scheduled for 6.04 pm and will be broadcast live across the nation. Schools will remain open, and space enthusiasts are gatherings to witness this remarkable moment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently participating in the BRICS summit in South Africa, is set to join the event online.

High Excitement: Recent failure of Russia’s Luna-25 mission crash, has intensified the suspense and terror. In 2019, Chandrayaan-2 faced a setback while attempting to land in the same area. This time India is keeping its finger crossed and praying for a successful landing.

Faith and Confidence: India’s Space Research Organisation(ISRO) is Confidant about the success of the landing without any glitch. They did their best to incorporate all the inevitable lessons that they experienced from the Chandrayaan-2.

Live Telecast: The live coverage will start at 5:20 pm. ISRO’s website, YouTube channel, and DD National will commence live coverage. The Vikram lander, carrying the Pragyaan rover, will undertake a soft landing on the moon’s South Pole at 6.04 pm.

Location Selection: The landing site has been selected after deep research as water traces are also found. NASA Instrument, which was equipped in Chandrayaan-1 in 2009, has been used to trace the water area on the moon’s surface.

Water presence: The future of the Moon Mission pinned hope in the presence of water on the Moon Surface. The water may be used as a source of drinking water and can be used to produce oxygen. It can be the source of ocean origin too.

Rare feat: India’s success in this attempt would mark it as the fourth country to successfully land a rover on the moon, following Russia, the United States, and China.

Mission’s Progress: ISRO confirms the mission’s adherence to schedule, with ongoing checks on systems. “Smooth sailing is continuing. The Mission Operations Complex at ISRO is abuzz with energy and excitement!” ISRO conveyed this on its social media platform, X (formerly Twitter). Impressively, ISRO shared images of the moon captured from an altitude of approximately 70 km.

Dedication: The moon lander, named Vikram after Vikram Sarabhai, a pioneering figure in India’s space program, embodies ISRO’s homage to his contributions.

Future Endeavors: Beyond this lunar mission, ISRO has an array of projects in the pipeline. Notably, a mission to study the Sun and the Gaganyaan human space flight program stands out. The launch of Aditya-L1, India’s maiden space-based observatory to study the Sun, is anticipated in early September.

First published on: Aug 23, 2023 10:27 AM IST

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