A Historic Moment: ISRO Unveils Lunar Images from Chandrayaan-3
New Delhi, August 7 (City Times): Breaking new ground in space exploration, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled the first-ever images of the Moon captured by Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission. After making its way two-thirds of the distance to the Moon since its launch, Chandrayaan-3 successfully entered the Moon’s orbit on Saturday, capturing these stunning images of the lunar surface.
The Moon’s Marvels: Chandrayaan-3’s Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) Triumph
Tweeting from the Mission’s official Twitter handle, ISRO shared, “The Moon, as viewed by #Chandrayaan3 spacecraft during Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) on August 5, 2023.” This momentous achievement marks a significant step forward in India’s space endeavors.
A Stellar Launch and Lunar Entry
Mounted on the GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle, Chandrayaan-3 gracefully took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 14. Making a mark in space history, India joins the exclusive club of countries – the US, China, and Russia – capable of landing spacecraft on the Moon’s surface with precision, showcasing the nation’s prowess in safe and soft lunar landings.
Moon’s Time Quirk and Mission Cost
Chandrayaan-3’s voyage is nothing short of extraordinary. Upon landing, it will function efficiently for one lunar day, which corresponds to approximately 14 Earth days. ISRO has allocated a budget of Rs 250 crore (excluding launch vehicle cost) for the development of Chandrayaan-3. This ambitious mission was set in motion in January 2020, with the initial launch targeted for 2021. However, the unforeseen delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic brought temporary setbacks to the mission’s timeline.
Chandrayaan-3: ISRO’s Resilient Follow-Up
Chandrayaan-3 stands as ISRO’s resilient follow-up attempt after the challenges faced by the Chandrayaan-2 mission during its soft landing on the lunar surface in 2019. Despite not meeting all core mission objectives, ISRO’s unwavering dedication and expertise have paved the way for the remarkable success of Chandrayaan-3.
India’s contribution to space exploration continues to soar as Chandrayaan-3 provides unprecedented insights into the Moon’s enigmatic surface. With these breathtaking images as a glimpse of what’s to come, the scientific community and the world eagerly await more discoveries from this groundbreaking lunar mission.
In a historic feat, ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 has unveiled mesmerizing images of the Moon’s surface, showcasing India’s prowess in space exploration. This success marks a significant step forward for the nation’s lunar aspirations and reinforces ISRO’s resilience in overcoming challenges. As Chandrayaan-3 embarks on its lunar mission, the world eagerly anticipates more groundbreaking discoveries and scientific insights that will further elevate India’s standing in space exploration.