India’s space agency, ISRO, continues to shine in lunar exploration. Just after Chandrayaan-3’s successful moon landing, the Vikram Lander executed a second lunar touchdown. This ‘hop experiment’ surpassed expectations, showcasing India’s space prowess and paving the way for future lunar missions, including sample returns and human exploration.
ISRO confirmed the smooth operation, with Vikram ascending about 40 cm above the lunar surface and landing within a 30-40 cm radius. Vikram’s systems are in excellent condition, and its equipment deployment went flawlessly, indicating readiness for future missions.
Despite Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan rover currently in ‘Sleep mode,’ it remains ready for future tasks with charged batteries and an active receiver. This accomplishment adds to India’s national pride, particularly after the successful landing near the moon’s south pole, following a challenging 2019 attempt and amid recent lunar lander incidents.
ISRO’s distinction lies in achieving remarkable space milestones cost-effectively. The Aditya-L1 Sun mission, launched at a fraction of global costs, exemplifies ISRO’s efficiency and innovation.
ISRO’s ambitious plans include a crewed Earth orbit mission next year, joint lunar exploration with Japan by 2025, and an orbital mission to Venus in the next two years. These endeavors solidify India’s global standing in space exploration, promising exciting developments in the future.
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