Here's why Chandrayaan-3 soft landing attempt is a historical event for India!
The entirety of India lies in wait as Chandrayaan-3 soft landing attempt is all set to unfold at 6:04 PM today (August 23,2023). And why not? India's third moon mission is incredibly significant, not just for the country and ISRO, but also for the global space exploration community.
Before the live streaming begins this evening and the mega event unfolds, let's take a look at why Chandrayaan-3 is as important as it is!
India can join an exclusive group of countries managing a soft landing on the moon
United States, China, and the USSR form the elite and exclusive group of countries which have managed a soft landing on the moon. If India's Chandrayaan-3 mission turns out to be successful, India will join this elite group of countries and write its name in humanity's space exploration history.
Chandrayaan-3 can become the first mission to land on Moon's South Pole
The aim of Chandrayaan-3 is to make a soft landing on the lunar side of the Moon, aka Moon's South Pole. Landing there is difficult, and no other moon mission has achieved this feat. Russia's Luna-25, which crashed recently, also attempted to the same feat. But if Chandrayaan-3 is a success, India will officially become the first country to soft land on Moon's south pole.
Redemption for the failure of 2019 Chandrayaan-2 mission
In 2019, India's Chandrayaan-2 mission failed after the lander "Vikram" crashed into the lunar surface. Four years have passed since then and Chandrayaan-3's success can redeem that partial failure for ISRO. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-3 has been designed keeping in mind all factors that can go wrong, in order to avoid failure this time around.
Potential to gain valuable insight into Moon's history and geology
As we said, Chandrayaan-3 will attempt soft landing on the Moon's South Pole. If the landing is successful, the rover will detach from the lander and begin its probe on the lunar side of the moon. This holds immense potential in terms of providing new and vital insights into the Moon's formation, its current topology and geology.
ISRO can cement its place among world's top space organizations
ISRO is regarded as a top space organization thanks to the space exploration success it has seen in the past. But the success of Chandrayaan-3, with it being the first moon mission to land on the moon's south pole, will write ISRO's name in the global space history.