Wednesday, August 23, 2023

India's #Chandrayaan-3 probe has made a successful landing on the #moon

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 India has landed on the Moon! The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 and landed today, August 23, 2023, at 69°368 South latitude after a low-power orbit of about forty days. It is the first human lander to land at the South Pole of the Moon, while India is the fourth nation to land on the Moon. It weighs 1,752 kilograms and is about 1.70 meters tall. Almost the same weight as Luna-25, but half the height.

Mission details.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Chandrayaan-2, boasts improved software and testing measures to ensure its success, given the unfortunate software glitch that led to the lost contact with the Vikram lander in the previous mission. Unlike Chandrayaan-2, however, Chandrayaan-3 does not include an orbiter. Instead, an advanced science instrument has been added to observe Earth as an exoplanet.

The Vikram lander, weighing a hefty 1,752 kilograms and standing 1.70 meters tall, mirrors the weight of Luna-25 but is only half its height. It carries a compact rover, laden with sophisticated scientific instruments like the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). These instruments are designed to analyze the lunar soil's elemental composition, with specific focus on elements such as magnesium.

This groundbreaking achievement by India, through its Chandrayaan-3 mission, has undoubtedly cemented its place in the global space exploration arena. With its first successful landing on the Moon's South Pole, India has truly demonstrated its growing prowess in the field of space exploration.

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