Ahead of Chandrayaan-3’s soft landing on the lunar surface, scheduled for August 23, a senior scientist from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said on Monday that the national space agency will only resume the landing if conditions for the day are favorable. ; otherwise, a new attempt will be made on August 27, he noted.
“Two hours before Chandrayaan-3 lands on the Moon, we will make a decision on whether it is appropriate to land at that time based on the condition of the lander module and the conditions. on the moon. In case, if any factors seem unfavorable, then we will land the module on the Moon on August 27,” said Nilesh M Desai, Director, Center for Space Applications, ISRO , told the news agency ANI.
However, Desai expressed confidence that Vikram, the mission’s lander module, would reach the lunar surface according to the original schedule.
According to ISRO, Vikram’s landing will be made after 6:00 p.m. on August 23 (Wednesday); If successful, India will make it to the elite list, becoming the only fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon, along with the United States, Russia and China. However, the recent failure of Russia’s Luna-25 mission means India has a chance to become the first country to land on the south pole of the Moon, the intended destination of Chandrayaan-3. .
Chandrayaan-3 lifted off from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDCC) in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 14.
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