Luna, India’s Chandrayaan-3 probe attempting to land – live

Luna, India’s Chandrayaan-3 probe attempting to land – live

“The mission is on schedule, systems are undergoing regular checks, and navigation continues quietly,” ISRO reassured on social media, hoping the new lunar landing attempt will erase the memory of the failure of the previous Chandrayaan-2 mission. In 2019, contact with it was lost a few minutes before landing. It is also for this reason that, in the past few hours, ISRO has published a series of images showing the good performance of the optical instruments that will help the Chandrayaan-3 lander to land, namely the Lpdc (Landing Position Detection Camera), which will have to determine the location, and the Lhdac (Landing Position Detection Camera). hazards and their avoidance), which will instead be used to mark a safe landing area, free of large boulders or deep depressions. The science mission of the vehicle launched from the lander will then take place in this region, and will last about 14 days.

If the landing on the moon is successful, the Indian lander will be the first to perform a soft landing near the south pole of the moon, and India will become the fourth country to land on the moon after the Soviet Union, the United States and China. However, the list could soon grow longer: Japan is, in fact, preparing to launch the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, developed by the space agency JAXA, on August 26th.

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