The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday said that two-way communication between the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and the Chandrayaan-3 lander module has been established.
“‘Hello friend!’ The Ch-2 orbiter officially welcomes the Ch-3 LM. Two-way communication between the two sides has been established. MOX now has more routes to reach the LM,” the national space agency said in a statement. posts on ‘X’.
What does the Ch-3 and Ch-2 connection mean?
Chandrayaan-2 is the forerunner of Chandrayaan-3 in the Indian lunar mission series. Chandrayaan-2 launched in 2019. The lander with a rover in its belly crashed to the surface of the Moon, failing in its soft landing mission.
ISRO announced that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, already in lunar orbit, has established a connection with the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander module with the rover in the belly. This is necessary because the lander module is now connected to the ISRO headquarters in many established connections.
According to the specifications, in addition to the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, the Chandrayaan-3 lander is capable of communicating with the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN), a large network of antennas and communications facilities provided by the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN). ISRO operated to support India’s interplanetary spacecraft missions, at Byalalu in Ramanagara district, and the bandit weighed 26 kg.
MOX (Mission Operations Complex) is located at the ISRO Remote Tracking, Command, and Tracking Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru, India. ISRO said in 2019 that due to precision launch and orbital maneuvers, the orbiter’s mission duration was increased to seven years.
When will Chandrayaan-3 land on the Moon?
ISRO said on Sunday the lander module of Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission, is expected to touch down on the Moon’s surface at around 6:04pm on August 23.
ISRO also said in an update that the live broadcast of the landing event will begin at 5:20pm. Live action will be available on the ISRO website, YouTube channel, Facebook and public broadcaster DD National TV.
What happens next for Chandrayaan-3?
The next mission of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander module is to land on the south pole of the moon. The Indian space agency said on Monday that all systems aboard an Indian spacecraft headed for the moon were working “perfectly” and there were no unexpected failures on the day of summer. wing.
Notably, the rough terrain makes landing at the south pole difficult, but landing for the first time will be historic. The area’s water ice could provide fuel, oxygen and drinking water for future missions.
What happens after Chandrayaan-3 lands?
After Chandrayaan-3’s Landing Module reaches the Moon’s surface, the Vikram lander will deploy its payloads.
These include Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) to measure temperature and thermal conductivity. Another payload, the Lunar Seismic Activity Gauge (ILSA), will measure seismic activity around the landing site. The Langmuir (LP) probe will estimate plasma density and changes. A NASA Passive Laser Back Reflector Array will be used for lunar laser studies.
The Pragyan rover, on the other hand, carries an Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and a Laser Inductive Analytical Spectrometer (LIBS) to identify elements in the vicinity of the landing site.
What happens to Chandrayaan-3’s push module?
The Lander Module, which includes the Pragyan rover, was separated from the Propulsion Module in the spacecraft on Thursday.
The Thrust Module will stay in the Moon’s orbit for months or years.
Notably, the Propulsion module has an attached payload called Spectrophotometer of Habitable Planet Earth (SHAPE), to study spectrophotometric and polarimetric measurements. of the Earth from the orbit of the moon. In simpler terms, SHAPE will analyze certain signs of Earth’s light.
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Update: August 21, 2023, 07:35 pm IST