Fascinating Facts About Chandrayaan 3, Lunar Mission
Fascinating Facts About Chandrayaan 3, Lunar Mission

On August 5th, the Indian Space Research Organisation accomplished a Lunar-Orbit Insertion (LOI), effectively situating the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into lunar orbit. This operation took place at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC) situated in Bangalore.

The Unique Choice of July:  The selection of July as the launch month for Chandrayaan 3 held special significance due to a calculated alignment between Earth and the Moon by ISRO.

Milestones in August:  Following a sequence of Lunar Bound Maneuvers, the Vikram lander separated from the propulsion module on August 17th, embarking on its independent journey towards the lunar surface.

Leaving a Mark with the Indian Flag and ISRO Emblem: Chandrayaan-3's rover, Pragyan, will leave the impressions of India's national flag and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) emblem on the lunar regolith. This historic step will establish India as the sole nation to leave its mark on the Moon's south pole, a region yet unexplored by any other country.

Cost-Effectiveness of Chandrayaan-3: The budget for the entire Chandrayaan-3 mission is approximately ₹650 crore ($75 million). To provide context, this cost is lower than the budget of the film Adipurush (₹700 crore) and the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster Avatar (₹1970 crore).

Pioneering the Exploration of the Moon's South Pole: Russia's recent Luna-25 mission had the potential to be the first to explore the Moon's south pole, but its lack of success opened the door for Chandrayaan-3. If it achieves a successful soft landing, India will secure its position as the first country to explore the Moon's south pole, joining the ranks of the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China as lunar explorers.

Building on Chandrayaan-1's Data: Chandrayaan-1, India's inaugural lunar mission in 2009, discovered frozen water deposits in the Moon's coldest and darkest areas. Despite Chandrayaan-2's inability to achieve a soft landing, Chandrayaan-3 aims to rectify past mistakes and contribute more insights about the Moon's south pole and the extent of water presence.

Components of Chandrayaan-3: Rover and Lander- Chandrayaan-3 is composed of a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan. The lander is named after Vikram Sarabhai, widely regarded as the visionary behind India's space program and the founding figure of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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