India stands on the threshold of history. If all goes well, India’s Chandrayaan-3 will land on the South Pole of the Moon on Wednesday (August 23) evening.
Meanwhile, on Sunday (August 20), Russia’s dream was shattered when it touched the moon. Russian spacecraft Luna-25 crashed on the moon. No country’s spacecraft has ever successfully landed on the South Pole of the Moon. As a result, the lunar mission on Wednesday was an ordeal for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Meanwhile, Chandrayaan 3’s lander ‘Vikram’ has reached closer to the moon. The Indian space research organization ISRO announced the landing time of Chandrayaan-3 by tweeting shortly before the news of Russia’s disappointment came to light on Sunday.
At 2:12 PM on Sunday, ISRO tweeted that the Indian spacecraft will land on the moon at 6:40 PM next Wednesday.
Chandrayaan 3 landing will be telecasted live. Only two days left. Then that Mahendrakasna. Shortly after ISRO’s tweet on Sunday, news of Russia’s dream of a lunar mission came to light. Which evoked memories of India’s Chandrayaan 2 in 2019. India’s Chandrayaan could not successfully land on the lunar surface. The dream of the country was shattered on the chest of the moon.
Learning from the ‘bitter’ experience of 2019, India has planned to step on the moon very carefully this time. That plan was largely successful. Lander ‘Vikram’ slowly reached the moon. Indian Chandrayaan decelerates after separation from main spacecraft.
The speed will be reduced for the second time on Sunday. The Indian spacecraft will land on the lunar surface as gently as a bird’s feather. Which is called ‘soft landing’. Making this ‘soft landing’ at the South Pole of the Moon is a challenge for any spacecraft. What the Russians failed to do. India also failed five years ago. Now it remains to be seen whether India’s Chandrayaan can achieve that goal on Wednesday.