Chandrayaan-3: There’s a chance that the August 23, 2023, landing of Chandrayaan-3 will go late than planned. A top scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed the media that if conditions are poor, Chandrayaan-3’s landing could be postponed by “three to four days.”
According to the scientist, Chandrayaan-3 might only be able to operate on the Moon for roughly 10 days as opposed to 14 Earth days if the landing is postponed. This indicates that on August 26 or 27, if Chandrayaan-3’s landing is postponed, the spacecraft may make landfall on the lunar south pole.
“Landing on the designated date is not the priority, safe landing is. What happened to Luna 25? That’s the best example. If you have a safe manoeuvre and landing, the world will still be yours,” said K. Siddhartha, Earth Scientist at ISRO and a strategic thinker. He explained that Chandrayaan-3 carries sufficient fuel to allow delays in landing in case conditions are not favourable.
Requires Complex Operation
On the other hand, he stated that the Chandrayaan-3 landing will require an extremely complex operation.
“The manoeuvring will become very complex with any delay.”
According to Siddhartha, the thrust and the tilt are crucial.
“So, if you apply a force greater than the amount required, Chandrayaan-3 might get toppled. If you apply a small amount of force, there is a danger of Chandrayaan-3 hitting the lunar surface at the wrong place. Chandrayaan-3 will be landing somewhere between Manzinus C and Simpelius N craters.”
Providing an explanation of how a delay in landing could affect the spacecraft because the dates of launch and landing are determined by mathematical computations, Says Siddhartha, “Now, Chandrayaan-3 is out of those mathematical calculations. Hence, there will be no difficulty if the landing is delayed.”
India will be the first nation to softly land a spacecraft on the lunar south pole and the fourth nation overall, following the United States, the Soviet Union, and China, if Chandrayaan-3 is successful in its landing. Because the lunar south pole is a fount of scientific and cosmic wonders, most lunar missions attempt landings there.
Exploring the lunar south pole will help scientists learn more about how the Earth was billions of years ago and whether or not it would be viable to colonise the Moon in the future. This is because the lunar south pole is similar to the diversity of Earth.
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