India did not repeat the fate of Russia. The Chandrayaan-3 lunar probe successfully landed on the moon. Now he will start crucial research.
India can enjoy great success. The Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully landed on the south side of the moon, the Indian space agency said.
According to the Indian space agency, the Chandrayaan-3 probe “landed softly on the moon”. It was supposed to happen at 14.34 Polish time, i.e. 18.04 local time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the final moments before landing. The whole thing was also broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Indian agency.
India’s second attempt
The Chandrayaan-3 mission was India’s second attempt to reach the lunar surface. During the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which took place in 2019, the control center lost contact with the probe. Soon after, it turned out that the vehicle crashed on the silver globe.
The southern part of the Moon is not a random location. The Indian mission is the first to land there. Just a few days earlier, Russia suffered a spectacular defeat in a similar mission.
Studying this part of the Earth’s natural satellite is particularly important, according to scientists, because it is assumed that there may be ice deposits there. If the assumptions could be confirmed – which the Indian probe may help – then the ice could be used in future missions. It could serve not only as a source of drinking water, but also as fuel for spacecraft … or a source of oxygen.
The Russian Luna-25 did not arrive
On August 20, the Russian agency Roskosmos announced the unsuccessful completion of the mission of the Luna-25 probe. Complications have been reported before.
Luna-25 was Roscosmos’ first lunar mission in 47 years. The first disturbing news came from the agency on August 19. We then learned that the lander failed to perform the planned maneuver correctly. Specialists claimed that this type of message can mean only one thing – the failure of the entire mission.
Roskosmos reported that control of the vehicle was lost. “The object went into an unforeseen orbit and, as a result, collided with the lunar surface” – we read in a short communiqué of the Russian space agency.