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Watch India’s Attempted Moon Landing Live: Chandrayaan-3 Livestream

About Chandrayaan-3 Mission

Today, India has the opportunity to become only the fourth country in the world to successfully land an intact craft on the moon. The Chandrayaan-3 mission aims to touch down near the lunar south pole, making India the first nation to explore this potentially water-rich region.

Launch and Journey

The Chandrayaan-3 mission, conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), took off on July 14th. It traveled approximately 380,000 kilometers over a span of six weeks en route to the moon.

Lunar Exploration and Water Reserves

The Chandrayaan-3 mission is set to land its Vikram lander at a spot with water reserves. This discovery could play a crucial role in establishing a permanent lunar base in the future.

Previous Moon Missions

The preceding Chandrayaan-2 mission faced failure in 2019 due to a software glitch, resulting in the crash of its Vikram lander. However, the Chandrayaan-1 mission successfully targeted the moon’s south pole, paving the way for scientific research.

Chandrayaan-3 Landing Details

Chandrayaan-3 aims to replicate the previous mission, but without an orbiter. The Vikram lander and rover will handle direct communication with Earth. The landing is expected to take place at around 6pm Indian time (12:30 GMT). Following the landing, the rover is predicted to operate for two weeks within the lunar environment.

Landings on the Moon

Successful intact landings on the moon have only been achieved by the United States, the Soviet Union, and China so far. Private attempts, like the one by a Japanese start-up in April, have ended in failure. Russia’s recent moon mission also faced disaster as the Luna 25 lander crashed into the surface due to a technical malfunction.

Updates from Mission Control

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) expressed their excitement and stated that the mission is progressing as planned. The lunar south pole, which is believed to contain water ice and other resources, holds significant potential for future space exploration and resource mining.

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