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Chandrayaan-3 landing : Rover Pragyan rolls out near Moon’s south pole

 Chandrayaan-3 live updates: With the mission's success, India has become the first country to land a spacecraft on the lunar's uncharted territory of south pole and fourth overall to reach the Moon.

Chandrayaan-3 landing : Rover Pragyan rolls out near Moon’s south pole

Chandrayaan-3 Moon landing LIVE updates: Cementing India’s status as a global power in space, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted history as Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft made a soft landing on the surface of the Moon Wednesday evening. With the mission’s success, India has become the first country to land a spacecraft on the lunar’s uncharted territory of south pole and fourth overall to reach on the Moon. The next big manoeuvre was the rolling out of the Pragyan rover which started slowly after the dust settled on the Moon’s surface, the space agency said.

The spacecraft’s Vikram lander made the soft landing at 6.04 PM (IST), ending the disappointment over the crash-landing of the Chandrayaan-2 lander four years ago.

According to ISRO, the mission’s three objectives are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, to demonstrate a Rover roving on the Moon and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments. What happens next? Find out here. While Indian space programme gets many compliments for getting such a big bang for its limited budget, frugal innovation will no longer be enough for India to make a difference to global activity on the Moon, C Raja Mohan argues in this piece. Known for storifying myths, writer Devdutt Pattanaik retells some of the myths, stories and legends in this piece about the celestial body that are a part of our cultural truth, our Indian-ness.

Chandrayaan-3 landing : Rover Pragyan rolls out near Moon’s south pole
After the landing, the experiments: lunar quakes and water-ice on Moon

After rolling down a ramp from the Chandrayaan-3 lander, the six-wheel, 26-kg rover, which is capable of slowly moving up to 500 metres, will begin its job of lunar exploration. The landing has happened at lunar dawn, and the six payloads on board the lander and rover will start collecting data soon after to get as much science as possible in the single lunar day or 14 Earth days for which they will remain operable.

The Chandrayaan-3 payloads will further the science learnings of the two predecessor missions by studying lunar quakes, mineral compositions, and the electrons and ions near the surface of the Moon. The mission will attempt to study water-ice, the presence of which was detected by Chandrayaan-1.

Source- The Indian Express
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