Chandrayaan-3 mission to lunar South Pole sends back first images


RNS: Chandrayaan-3 mission, to land on the lunar South Pole, has provided a glimpse of its journey by transmitting images of the Moon.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) proudly released the initial orbital photographs of the Moon on Saturday, marking a significant milestone as the spacecraft carrying the mission’s rover and lander seamlessly entered the Moon’s orbit.

After almost 10 days spent orbiting Earth, the spacecraft has now commenced its orbital journey around the Moon, with the rover and lander poised for a planned touchdown on the lunar surface on August 23.

Updating the public, ISRO took to Twitter to reassure that the “health of Chandrayaan-3 is normal,” and emphasized that the mission accomplished a critical stage with the successful completion of the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI).

The Chandrayaan-3 mission is of immense importance as it aims to explore the lunar South Pole, a region that has garnered substantial attention due to its potential reserves of water ice and resources crucial for future space endeavours.

The success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission thus far is a testament to India’s growing prowess in space exploration, showcasing its ability to undertake complex missions and gather valuable scientific data from celestial bodies.

As the anticipated date of the lunar landing approaches, the global space community remains eagerly poised for more updates from the Chandrayaan-3 mission, expecting new revelations about Earth’s closest neighbour in the cosmos.

If the soft landing is successful, India will be the first country to do so near the lunar South Pole.

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