Chandrayaan-3 lander captures initial moon images during descent
New Delhi, August 24: Chandrayaan-3, India's lunar mission, has successfully touched down near the Moon's south pole, marking a significant milestone. This achievement positions India as the fourth nation, following the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union, to achieve a gentle landing on the lunar surface. Remarkably, India is the first to accomplish a landing in close proximity to the Moon's south pole.
During the descent, the lander Vikram captured a series of images showcasing the lunar landscape. These photographs offer glimpses of the landing site, the lander's metallic leg, and its distinctive shadow.
Following a successful touchdown, the rover Pragyan was deployed from the lander, further enhancing the mission's accomplishments.
India's groundbreaking achievement near the Moon's South Pole resonates as a historic triumph, not only for the nation but for the global community.
The unmanned Chandrayaan-3 made its precision landing at 6:04 pm, evoking exuberant celebrations among mission control personnel who exchanged jubilant embraces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participating in a live broadcast, extended the significance of the achievement beyond national boundaries. He addressed the world from the BRICS diplomatic summit in South Africa, stating, "On this joyous occasion, I extend my thoughts to the global community." PM Modi emphasized that the success of India's lunar mission transcends national borders, asserting, "This achievement is humanity's collective victory."
The Chandrayaan-3 mission has captured widespread public attention since its launch nearly six weeks ago, witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd.
Vikram, the lander, detached from its propulsion module a week ago, transmitting images of the Moon's surface after entering lunar orbit on August 5. With Vikram's successful landing, the solar-powered rover Pragyan is poised to explore the lunar terrain, transmitting invaluable data back to Earth.
India's space program is rapidly approaching milestones set by established space powers like the US and Russia, achieving these feats at significantly lower costs.
- With inputs from agencies