India’s Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission is making rapid strides towards its objective. In the meantime, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has once again released images of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-3’s cameras. ISRO tweeted that one image is of Earth, taken by the lander’s camera a day after launch. Another image captures the moon’s surface, taken a day after entering the lunar orbit on August 6th.
The recent images from ISRO highlight Oceanius Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) along with large dark plains on the lunar surface, marked with craters like Endymion, Aristarchus, and Pythagoras. Oceanius Procellarum, the “Ocean” on the moon, is the largest, stretching over 2,500 kilometers across the northern and southern axes of the moon, covering an area of about 4,000,000 square kilometers.
Hopes for Landing on the Moon on August 23rd
Chandrayaan-3 successfully entered the lunar orbit on Saturday, August 5th. The spacecraft was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 14th. The mission aims to land on the moon’s surface on August 23rd. On August 9th, around 2 PM, Chandrayaan-3 will attempt to enter the moon’s third orbit. Subsequently, on August 14th and 16th, efforts will be made to bring it into the fourth and fifth orbits, respectively.
Journey of Chandrayaan-3 So Far
On July 15th, Chandrayaan-3 successfully entered Earth’s first orbit. Following this, it entered Earth’s second orbit on July 17th and the third orbit on July 18th. It then entered the fourth and fifth orbits on July 20th and 25th, respectively. On August 1st, ISRO successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan-3 from Earth’s orbit to the moon’s orbit. On August 5th, Chandrayaan-3 established itself in the moon’s orbit.
Significance of Chandrayaan-3’s Journey
The ongoing mission of Chandrayaan-3 holds special significance due to its unique journey. Chandrayaan-3 was launched using ISRO’s “Bahubali” rocket, GSLV Mk III. This rocket, also known as a booster or a powerful rocket, is used to escape Earth’s gravitational pull. If you want to go directly to the moon, you would need a large and powerful rocket. This requires more fuel, which has a direct impact on the project’s budget. However, ISRO’s Chandrayaan mission is cost-effective because it is not sending Chandrayaan-3 directly to the moon’s surface, unlike other missions.