India’s Chandrayaan-3 is on course to become the first spacecraft to land near the lunar South pole on August 23, 2023, around 18:04 Hrs IST.
Launched in July 14, 2023 at 2:35 pm from the legendary Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Chandrayaan-3 heads towards the very last but most important stage of its mission that is,
To demonstrate Safe and Soft Landing on Lunar Surface
To demonstrate Rover roving on the moon and
To conduct in-situ scientific experiments.
On Monday, 21st August, ISRO stated that a two way communication has been established between Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and Chandrayaan-3 LM.
"Welcome, buddy!’ Ch-2 orbiter formally welcomed Ch-3 LM.
The rover Pragyan has already carried out an Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to determine the elements in the landing site's vicinity.
The live telecast of the landing event will begin at 5.20 pm on Wednesday, August 23.
ISRO releases pictures of Lunar far side area
captured by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC).
Regular orbit manoeuvres has been executed smoothly as anticipation and excitement surges throughout the world as global agencies look upto Chandrayaan-3's successful soft landing on the unconquered South pole of the satellite.