Chandrayaan-3’s Lunar Touchdown Date at Crossroads; Postponement Decision Looms, Details


Chandrayaan-3: The landing of Chandrayaan-3 would be postponed to August 27 if any aspect of the lander module appears to be adverse, the Space Applications Centre-ISRO announced on Monday. The decision on the landing would be made based on the state of the lander module and the lunar environment, according to Nilesh M. Desai, director of the ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad.

Delicate Decision-Making Hours Ahead of Chandrayaan-3 Landing

“On August 23, two hours before Chandrayaan-3 lands on the Moon, we will decide on whether or not it will be appropriate to land it at that time based on the health of the lander module and the conditions on the Moon. In case, if any factor appears to be not favourable, then we will land the module on the Moon on August 27. No problem should occur and we will be able to land the module on August 23,” Director Desai said. Today in New Delhi, ISRO Chairman and Secretary of the Department of Space S. Somanath met with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Atomic Energy, and Space Jitendra Singh to inform him of the readiness of “Chandrayaan-3” for the August 23, 2023 moon landing.

Minister Updated on Chandrayaan-3’s Flawless Operation and Test Plans

The minister was updated by the chairman of ISRO on the condition of Chandrayaan-3, who is now operating flawlessly and without any contingencies planned for Wednesday. The condition of Chandrayaan-3 will be closely watched throughout the course of the following two days. According to him, the final landing sequence will be loaded two days beforehand and tested. During the meeting, Minister Jitendra Singh expressed his optimism that “Chandrayaan-3” would write a new chapter in the history of planetary exploration while operating under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to ISRO, the Chandrayaan-3 will touch down on the moon on August 23, 2023, at approximately 18:04 IST. Starting at 17:27 IST on August 23, 2023, live actions will be aired on the ISRO website, its YouTube page, Facebook, and public television station DD National TV. Despite the fact that the Chandrayaan-2 mission was only “partially successful” due to the lander losing touch after a rough landing, the ISRO was able to successfully establish two-way communication between the Chandrayaan-3 lander module and the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter that is still in orbit. A noteworthy development on Monday was the two-way communication between the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which was already fixed orbiting the moon, and the Chandrayaan-3 lander module.

ISRO Releases Fresh Images of Chandrayaan-3’s Lunar Far Side

The ISRO earlier today released fresh pictures of the Chandrayaan-3’s Chandrayaan-3 region of the lunar far side. After the United States, Russia, and China, India will be the fourth nation in the world to accomplish this accomplishment, but it will be the only nation ever to touch down on the lunar south pole. The three main goals of the Chandrayaan-3 mission are to show a soft and safe lunar surface landing, lunar rover wandering, and to carry out in-situ scientific investigations. The development phase of Chandrayaan-3 began in January 2020, and the launch was scheduled for some time in 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, caused an unanticipated delay in the mission’s advancement.

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