In anticipation of Chandrayaan-3’s eagerly awaited soft-landing on the lunar surface, set for August 23, a senior scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has revealed that the final decision for the landing will be contingent upon favorable conditions on the designated day. If circumstances aren’t ideal, the attempt will be rescheduled for August 27, according to the scientist.
The Indian Space Research Organisation recently announced through a tweet that Chandrayaan-3 is poised to touch down on the moon on August 23, 2023. The scientist, Nilesh M Desai, who serves as the Director of Space Applications Centre at ISRO, mentioned in a statement to news agency ANI that a determination regarding the appropriateness of the landing time will be made two hours before Chandrayaan-3’s anticipated lunar touchdown. This decision will be based on the health of the lander module and lunar conditions. If any factors indicate that the conditions aren’t conducive for landing, the module’s landing will be rescheduled for August 27.
Despite this flexibility, Desai expressed optimism that Vikram, the lander module for the Chandrayaan-3 mission, will successfully touch down on the lunar surface as per the original schedule.
ISRO has outlined that Vikram’s landing attempt is planned for a little after 6 pm on August 23, a Wednesday. If the mission is successful, India will join an exclusive league of nations – the United States, Russia, and China – that have achieved the feat of a soft-landing on the moon. Interestingly, due to Russia’s recent setback with the Luna-25 mission, India has the unique opportunity to potentially become the first country to accomplish a soft-landing on the moon’s south pole, which is the intended destination for Chandrayaan-3.
The Chandrayaan-3 venture embarked on its journey on July 14, taking off from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDCC) situated in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. As the excitement builds, all eyes are on ISRO as the organization endeavors to make history once again in the realm of lunar exploration.