India scripted history as Chandrayaan-3 made a soft landing on the Moon's south pole at 18:04 IST on Wednesday (August 23). We have achieved a soft landing on the Moon, India is on the Moon, said ISRO Chief S Somanath after the successful landing of the Vikram lander.
Chandrayaan-3 Soft-landing streaming:
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6:06 pm IST: PM Modi speaks to the country as Chandrayaan-3 successfully touches down on the lunar surface.
6:04 pm IST: ISRO celebrates Chandrayaan-3.
6:04 pm IST: Chandrayaan-3 lands on the Moon.
6:02 pm IST: Vikram lander hovers over the Moon's surface.
6:01pm IST: Vikram lander in vertical descent phase
6:00 pm IST: In the last stage of its powered descent, the Vikram lander is only 1 kilometer from the Moon's surface.
5:58 pm IST: Final phase of the power descent. Vertical descent phase 1.
5:57 pm IST: PM Modi joins a live stream as the Vikram lander approaches the Moon, now just 10 kilometers away.
5:55 pm IST: Chandrayaan-3 lander Vikram shares pictures of the moon's surface.
5:51 pm IST: All appears well; Vikram lander is progressing steadily, with its speed reduced to 1150 meters per second. It has descended three kilometers in altitude and is currently flying around 27 kilometers above the lunar surface.
5:48 pm IST: In the powered descent phase, Vikram lander covers 700 km.
5:46 pm IST: Chandrayaan-3 has traveled 191 kilometers horizontally and has entered the landing phase.
5:43 pm IST: The landing process is about to start, and it will take around 15 minutes for the Vikram lander to travel from 25 kilometers high to the Moon's surface.
5:42 pm IST: Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander is on the brink of a powered descent onto the Moon's southern polar area.
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Soft landing signifies the controlled touchdown of a spacecraft without incurring damage to either the craft itself or its payload. Chandrayaan-2 aimed for a soft landing, yet a software glitch led to a hard landing, rendering the mission unsuccessful.
Unlike its forerunner, Chandrayaan-3 lacks an orbiter module. Its singular purpose is to fulfil what Chandrayaan-2 could not—landing on the lunar south pole and surveying its topography using a rover.
Chandrayaan-3 Mission:— ISRO (@isro) August 21, 2023
Here are the images of
Lunar far side area
captured by the
Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC).
This camera that assists in locating a safe landing area -- without boulders or deep trenches -- during the descent is developed by ISRO… pic.twitter.com/rwWhrNFhHB
ISRO is ready to commence the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS) and is currently anticipating the Lander Module (LM) to reach the predetermined location at approximately 17:44 IST.
Live coverage of operations at the MOX (Mission Operations Center) is scheduled to start at 17:20 IST.
Chandrayaan-3 Mission:— ISRO (@isro) August 23, 2023
All set to initiate the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS).
Awaiting the arrival of Lander Module (LM) at the designated point, around 17:44 Hrs. IST.
Upon receiving the ALS command, the LM activates the throttleable engines for powered descent.
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