India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has reached lunar orbit and has shared new images of Earth’s natural satellite. The Asian mission to the Silver Globe is currently preparing for the most difficult stage – landing on the surface.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has shared with the world the great success of Chandrayaan-3. As part of the ongoing mission, a specially prepared probe reached the Moon’s orbit, and then sent a series of new images to the base. And this is just the beginning.
Chandrayaan-3 – Indian probe photographing the lunar surface
The Chandrayaan-3 probe was launched into space some time ago. At first, it orbited the Earth for 10 days, waiting for the right moment to embark on its short journey to the Moon. Last Tuesday, the actual flight began, and on Saturday the machine reached lunar orbit. Then she began collecting images of the surface of our planet’s natural satellite.
A series of photographs taken by the device show the machine’s steady approach to the lunar surface. All other data from the spacecraft indicate that it is in “good condition,” ISRO confirmed.
Chandrayaan-3 will land on the moon
This is just a prelude, because the most difficult part of the entire mission will take place on August 23. Then the Chandrayaan-3 lander module with the lunar rover on board will attempt to land on the surface of the Silver Globe.
If India succeeds in this feat, it will become the first country to perform a soft landing near the Moon’s south pole. Overall, it would be the fourth successful landing in history, after the US, the Soviet Union and China.
However, it is worth recalling that ISRO has already faced defeat at the Silver Globe. Launched to the moon in 2019, the Chandrayaan-2 mission had almost the same goals as the current one. The orbiter module orbits the Earth’s satellite to this day. However, the lander and the rover crashed during the landing attempt, ending the second mission in a rather spectacular way.