Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission: Latest Developments and Key Points
ISRO Confirms Mission Progress:
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed on Tuesday that the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission is proceeding according to schedule. Regular system checks are underway.
Historic Landing Scheduled:
- On Wednesday, Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to make a historic soft landing on the Moon’s south pole at 6:04 pm. ISRO announced the live telecast of the landing process, starting at 5:20 pm.
Landing Sequence Initiated:
- ISRO reported on Wednesday that they are ready to initiate the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS). The Lander Module (LM) is expected to reach the designated point around 5:44 pm IST. Upon ALS activation, the LM’s throttleable engines will power its descent. Mission operations will monitor command execution. The live telecast begins at 5:20 pm IST.
Celebrations and Statements:
- The ISRO Mission Control Centre in Bengaluru celebrated as Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the lunar surface.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath praised the achievement, highlighting India’s capabilities under visionary leadership.
- Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar expressed joy and gratitude towards ISRO scientists for their accomplishments.
- Former ISRO chief K Sivan expressed excitement and happiness about the successful landing.
- Congress leader Shashi Tharoor highlighted ISRO’s achievement in making space accessible to the global community.
PM Modi’s Address:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the nation, emphasizing that India’s lunar success belongs to all of humanity.
- PM Modi acknowledged the achievement’s significance and the spirit of a new India.
- He underscored that India’s presence on the Moon reflects a dream turned into reality.
- Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing makes India the first country to achieve this feat.
- The mission surpassed Chandrayaan-2’s performance, maintaining connection beyond 2 km altitude.
- The Lander Module (Vikram Lander) executed the landing process in several phases, successfully reducing velocity and reaching the intended landing site.
- Political figures like Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda applauded the success.
- PM Modi addressed the nation from South Africa, where he was attending the BRICS Summit.
- The Embassy of India in the United States celebrated the achievement with the distribution of sweets.
- ISRO’s Mission Operation Complex in Bengaluru was bustling with activity as the landing approached.
- The mission’s success relied on ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking, and Command center (ISTRAC) and the Mission Operations Complex (MOX).