Bhopal Science Centre Gears Up for Chandrayaan-3's Gentle Lunar Touchdown
Bhopal Science Centre Gears Up for Chandrayaan-3's Gentle Lunar Touchdown

At the Bhopal Science Centre, an intricate replica of Chandrayaan-3 has been meticulously crafted, accompanied by a display screen that imparts comprehensive insights about the mission. "The relentless efforts of ISRO scientists undoubtedly pave the way for triumph. The moon's southern pole holds remarkable significance due to the potential presence of water. Here, we have fashioned a detailed Chandrayaan model and incorporated an informative screen delineating the Chandrayaan-3 Mission," affirmed Saket Singh Kaurav, the adept Project Coordinator at Bhopal Science Centre.

Following the setback of Russia's Luna-25 mission, India takes center stage as it readies its Chandrayaan-3 for a lunar rendezvous scheduled on August 23, 2023, at 1804 IST. ISRO's recent update on the Chandrayaan-3's gentle lunar landing confirms the mission's steadfast progress, with regular system evaluations in motion.

The live broadcast of the landing endeavor is slated to commence at 5:20 PM IST on the specified Wednesday. Audiences can witness the live landing actions through ISRO's official website, YouTube channel, Facebook platform, and the public broadcaster DD National TV starting from 5:27 PM IST on August 23, 2023. Accompanying the mission's status report, ISRO has also unveiled moon snapshots taken by the Lander Position Detection Camera (LPDC) from an approximate altitude of 70 km. These images play a pivotal role in assisting the lander module to ascertain its precise coordinates (latitude and longitude) by cross-referencing them with an onboard lunar reference map.

Significantly, the 'Vikram' lander module, an integral part of the spacecraft, executed a seamless separation from the propulsion module on Thursday. Subsequently, critical deboosting maneuvers were initiated, guiding the module to a slightly lower orbital level. The Chandrayaan-3 mission has bestowed the name 'Vikram' upon the lander module in honor of Vikram Sarabhai (1919–1971), widely acknowledged as the visionary architect of the Indian space program. Facilitated by the GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle, the spacecraft's journey commenced with its launch into lunar orbit on August 5, following which it embarked on a sequence of orbital adjustments to gradually approach the lunar surface.

Since its liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on July 14, the Chandrayaan-3 mission has transpired over a span of one month and eight days. The mission's prime objectives encompass a secure and soft lunar landing, rover exploration on the moon's terrain, and conducting in-situ scientific analyses.

Upon achievement, India will join the prestigious league of nations - the United States, Russia, and China - that have accomplished this monumental feat. Remarkably, India will stand alone as the sole nation to achieve a lunar touchdown at the southern pole, setting an extraordinary precedent.

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