PM Modi to join Chandrayaan landing programme online from South Africa

Chandrayaan-3, India’s ambitious lunar mission, is set to make a significant milestone in space exploration by attempting a safe and controlled soft landing on the Moon’s surface. This endeavor is a follow-up to Chandrayaan-2, which faced a setback during its landing attempt in 2019. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been diligently working towards rectifying the issues faced during Chandrayaan-2 and preparing for a successful landing this time around.

The anticipated landing of Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for August 23

This event holds immense significance for India as it aims to become the fourth country, after the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union, to achieve the feat of soft landing on the Moon. What makes this mission even more noteworthy is that Chandrayaan-3’s landing is targeted at the challenging south polar region of the Moon, a location that has not been reached by any previous soft landing missions.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who had directly witnessed the launch of previous missions at the ISRO center, will be virtually present this time due to his ongoing tour in South Africa. This emphasizes the importance that the government and the nation place on this mission’s success.

The goal of Chandrayaan-3 is to demonstrate India’s capability to safely and successfully land on the lunar surface

The goal of Chandrayaan-3 is to demonstrate India’s capability to safely and successfully land on the lunar surface, as well as perform scientific experiments and exploration activities once landed. This mission seeks to build upon the knowledge gained from previous lunar missions and contribute to our understanding of the Moon’s geology, environment, and potential resources.

However, the landing process remains a complex and challenging endeavor. The landing phase, often referred to as the “17 minutes of terror,” is a critical period during which the spacecraft has to autonomously navigate, decelerate, and descend to the lunar surface, overcoming various obstacles and uncertainties. ISRO officials, as well as experts in the field, acknowledge the intense pressure and uncertainty that comes with this phase of the mission.

The mission’s success would not only be a technological triumph but also a testament to India’s perseverance and dedication to space exploration. Chandrayaan-3’s potential achievement represents a significant step forward for the country’s space program and its contribution to the global understanding of the Moon and beyond.

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