The lander module of Chandrayaan 3, Isro’s third Moon mission, is set to attempt landing on the lunar mission. A successful soft landing will make India the first country to reach the uncharted south pole of the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite. Chandrayaan 3 is a follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2 aimed at demonstrating safe and soft-landing on the lunar surface, roving on the Moon, and conducting in-situ scientific experiments. The Moon’s south pole region is of interest because there could be a possibility of water in permanently shadowed areas around it.
Who is Chandryaan-3 lander named after?
The lander and rover of Chandrayaan 3 will have a mission life of one lunar day (about 14 earth days) to study the surroundings on the Moon’s south pole. ISRO officials, however, haven’t ruled out the possibility of the lander module coming to life for another lunar day. The lander, ‘Vikram’, has been named after Indian space program pioneer Vikram Sarabhai. With a mass of 1749.86 kg, including 26 kg for the rover, the box-shaped lander has four landing legs and four landing thrusters and can generate 738 W using side-mounted solar panels. The Vikram lander will begin its final descent with the rover to the south polar region of the Moon at 5:45pm IST and is expected to land about 19 minutes later.
Who is Chandryaan-3 Rover named after?
India’s lunar rover, named Pragyan means wisdom in Sanskrit, is designated to embark on a pioneering mission of lunar discovery after the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3’s lander Vikram.