India’s lunar lander Vikram is attempting a historic touchdown at the lunar south pole with Chandrayaan-3.

On August 23, 2023, at 6:04 p.m. IST, Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar exploration mission, is scheduled to softly land on the lunar south pole, making it the first nation to do so. The entire nation is brimming with “energy and excitement” in anticipation of Chandrayaan-3’s historic touchdown. In order to correct the mistakes that were made during the landing of Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) made a number of modifications to the Vikram lander.

The only difference between Chandrayaan-3 and Chandrayaan-2 is that Chandrayaan-2 carried an orbiter, whereas Chandrayaan-3 does not.

India will be the first nation to set foot near the Moon’s little-visited south pole if Chandrayaan-3 is successful.

One of its main objectives is to search for water-based ice, which researchers believe could one day enable future human habitation on the Moon.

Only a few days had passed since Russia’s Luna-25 attempted to land in the same area before crashing.

If successful, it will also make China, the US, and the former Soviet Union the only four nations to accomplish a soft landing on the Moon; all other nations have touched down close to the equator.

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission’s attempt to touch down close to the south pole in 2019 was unsuccessful because it collided with the lunar surface.

The focus is currently entirely on Chandrayaan-3.

India is quite excited about this mission’s trip to the moon, and good vibes are coming from all throughout the country.

The landing will be broadcast live, and millions of people, including kids, are expected to watch, according to ISRO.

Sreedhara Panicker Somanath, the director of ISRO, has expressed his confidence in Chandrayaan-3’s ability to land softly and safely.

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