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Chandrayaan 3 – A Miracle in the Moon
For India and the Indians, Chandrayaan 3 was not just a mere space mission, it was a renewed hope and dream that once shattered with the crash of the Vikram lander in Chandrayaan 2 space mission on Sept. 6th, 2019. After 4 years of hard work, rectification of past mistakes and enhancements in technological equipment, ISRO scientists, once again, geared up for another lunar mission. And the result was in front of us with the title: “Chandrayaan 3” – the 3rd lunar mission by ISRO.
Chandrayaan 3 started its journey from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on July 14th 2:35pm IST; LVM3 M4 was its launch vehicle. And on August 23rd at around 6:04pm IST, India made a history that will be remembered by humanity till the end of time.
Chandrayaan 3 took 40 days to reach its destination even though other space super powers achieved moon landing in much less time – just in a few days. The main reason behind this is the budget. In just 615 Crore Indian Rupee, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) executed the entire mission making it the cheapest lunar mission in the world. Chandrayaan 3’s budget is less than movies like Adipurush and Interstellar. While others went with a direct approach using more powerful launchers consuming more rocket fuel, they used Earth and Moon’s gravitational pull to place Chandrayaan 3 in different orbits before landing on moon. As a result, using much less rocket fuel, ISRO did what no one ever did before.
Moon’s south pole – also known as the far side of the moon is a place, that is filled with mysteries. Recently, scientists guessed that there is water in different form in lunar south pole. If this is proved to be true then a new door towards space exploration will open as Hydrogen and Oxygen – the two most important components of rocket fuel could then directly be sourced from the moon itself. After successful landing of Chandrayaan 3, the Pragyaan rover came out of the Vikram lander after the lunar dust was settled. It will be digging into the lunar surface, examine the samples and send the precious data back to the scientists in India and help them unravel the mysteries associated with the lunar south pole.
India, thus, became the 4th nation to leave its mark on the surface of the moon and the 1st country in the world to successfully land in the lunar south pole. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi heartily congratulated the scientists at ISRO and the people of entire nation on this great achievement. ISRO Chief, S Somenath especially congratulated P Veeramuthuvel, Chandrayaan-3 Project Director, S Unnikrishnan Nair, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Mohana Kumar, Mission director, M Sankaran, Director of U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), and A Rajarajan, Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) chief. Being the countrymen of the first nation to reach the lunar south pole is certainly a thing to be proud of. It proves India’s stance in the ground of space capabilities and identifies the nation as a new space leader. ISRO’s words will be echoed throughout the nation: “India is on the moon”.
Written by Koushik Kumar Kundu
Koushik Kumar Kundu was among the toppers when he completed his Masters from Vidyasagar University after completing his Bachelors degree with Honours in English Literature from The University of Burdwan. He also completed B.Ed from the University of Burdwan.
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