Chandrayaan-3: Pragyan rover takes a ‘walk on the moon’

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Chandrayaan-3 Moon Landing Successful: India has created history as it became the first country to land on the South Pole of lunar surface. PM Modi congratulated Indians and space scientists for the achievement. ‘India will remember this day forever’ PM Modi said.

As of August 23, three of four vehicles associated with India’s Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing mission have done their job flawlessly – the LVM3 rocket (life of 16mins), propulsion module(continues to orbit the moon) and ‘Vikram’ lander module (safely near the Lunar South Pole). However, doubts are being raised about the status of the 26kg, 6-wheeled Lunar rover ‘Pragyan’.

The real test of the mission began at the last leg of the landing. Prior to 20 minutes before landing, ISRO initiated Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS). It enabled Vikram LM to take charge and use its on-board computers and logic to identify a favourable spot and make a soft-landing on the lunar surface.

Experts say that the final 15 to 20 minutes were highly crucial for the success of the mission when Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander descended down to its soft landing. Indians throughout the country and across the world are prayed for Chandrayaan-3’s Successful Landing .

Given the history of India’s second lunar mission, which failed during the last 20 minutes before landing, ISRO was extra-cautious this time in the process.

In the late hours of Wednesday, videos from within the ISRO Mission Operations Complex showed the operations team celebrating, as the rover stood on the ramp, just a push away from the lunar soil. However, ISRO hadn’t yet officially released any pictures of the same. Wion has reliably learnt that the rover has been traversing safely the regions around the lander since 1:30 am (IST) on Thursday, August 24.


“Chandrayaan-3 Mission:

Chandrayaan-3 ROVER:
Made in India ??
Made for the MOON?!
The Ch-3 Rover ramped down from the Lander and
India took a walk on the moon !

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