India’s Historic Chandrayaan-3 Mission

India’s historic third lunar mission called Chandrayaan-3 made India the first country to land near the Moon’s south pole, a region that piqued the interest of scientists due to its unique characteristics.

Scientists think that the region near Moon’s south pole is home to ancient pockets of ice water which could be useful for future crewed missions and also settlements on Earth’s only natural satellite.

The Chandrayaan-3 landed on the lunar surface on August 23 at 6.04 PM IST, cementing India as an elite space nation. With the Chandrayaan-3, ISRO believes it could unlock secrets about the Moon.


Interesting Facts about India’s Historic Chandrayaan-3 Mission

  • First country to probe South Pole

The Luna-25 mission by Russia to probe Moon’s south pole failed, Russia’s mission Luna-25 could have become the first mission to probe Moon’s south pole if it had succeeded. Now with Chandrayaan-3, India becomes the first country to probe Moon’s south pole. India was the fourth country to land on the Moon after the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China.

  • Imprinting India flag and ISRO emblem

Chandrayaan-3’s rover Pragyan will leave the impression of India’s national flag and Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO logo on the lunar soil. It will make India the only country to have mark on the Moon’s south pole.

  • The low-cost of Chandrayaan-3

The entire mission of Chandrayaan- 3 costed $75 million crore which was even less than the whole budget of Hollywood  Film ‘Avatar’ and ‘Adipurush’, Bollywood Movie.

  • Building on data from Chandrayaan-1

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1 found frozen water deposits on the darkest and coldest regions in 2009. Chandrayaan- 2 was expected to probe but it failed in achieving a soft-landing. Chandrayaan- 3 with its successful landing can add more knowledge on Moon’s south pole and the scope of water presence.

  • Chandrayaan-3’s rover and lander

Chandrayaan-3 consists of lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan. The lander is named after Vikram Sarabhai who is the founder of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

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