India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission has successfully accomplished a historic landing near the south pole of the Moon.
The landmark moment was punctuated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement, proclaiming, “India is now on the Moon,” as the Vikram lander gently made contact with the lunar surface.
Contained within the Vikram lander is the innovative six-wheeled Pragyaan rover, poised to undertake an unprecedented mission to explore the Moon’s terrain. The rover’s ambitious task entails capturing invaluable images and collecting vital data during its expedition across the lunar landscape.
One of the mission’s primary objectives is to investigate the possibility of frozen water in craters located perpetually in shadow on the Moon’s dark side. Scientists are intrigued by the potential presence of water in these regions, which could have significant implications for future lunar exploration and potential human habitation.
This momentous endeavor, marking India’s third lunar mission, arrives shortly after Russia faced a setback with its unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft. Regrettably, the Luna-25 spacecraft recently lost control and subsequently crashed into the lunar surface.