Indian Moon Mission Reaches New Milestone
The lander module of India’s lunar mission successfully separated from the propulsion module of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on Thursday, the Indian space agency has announced.
The Vikram lander, named after Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai considered the father of the Indian space program, will now continue its solo journey to the Moon. At the same time, the propulsion module will remain in lunar orbit for months or even years.
“Luna-25” took the first shot of the far side of the moon
“Roscosmos”: “Luna-25” took a picture of the surface of the moon with the help of the complex STS-L
MOSCOW, 17 Aug – RIA Novosti. (Auto Translate)
Interplanetary station “Luna-25” took the first pictures of the reverse side of the moon by television cameras of the STS-L complex, reported in “Roscosmos.”
“In the picture taken today at 08:23 Moscow time, the southern polar crater Seeman on the far side of the moon is captured. The coordinates of the crater center correspond to 75 degrees south latitude and 135 degrees to the western longitude,” the state corporation said.
Seeman’s crater is a unique object on the lunar surface, which is of great interest to researchers, since the height of the surrounding shaft reaches eight kilometers above the surface of the relatively flat bottom.
“The obtained images significantly complement the information currently available about this crater,” – noted in “Roscosmos.”
Фото станции Луна-25 – РИА Новости, 1920, 16.08.2023
“Roscosmos” showed a new “sew” station “Luna-25”
The TV complex STS-L was established at the Institute of Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Also, Luna-25 conducted observations using the ADRON-LR and PML devices developed in the IKI RAS, ARIS-L and Astron Electronics.
“The streams of gamma rays and neutrons from the surface of the Moon were measured, as well as the parameters of the near-lunar space plasma and the gas-dust exosphere in the near-lunar orbit were obtained,” the corporation added.
The Soyuz 2.1b rocket with the first domestic lunar station in almost 50 years launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome at 02:11 MSK on August 11. The main goal of the mission is to explore the lunar soil for ice.
The Luna-25 automatic station was created in the Scientific and Production Association named after S. Au. The Lavochkina. It should be the first device that will gently sit in the south pole of the Moon, where a complex relief prevails. This is expected to happen on August 21.
Chandrayaan-3 mission: Two vehicles have done their job, two more to go
As the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 entered its third and final phase, the Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander has now taken over the reins of the high-profile mission. Around 1 pm IST, on Thursday (August 17), the Indian space agency ISRO announced that the Chandrayaan-3 integrated spacecraft had separated into two parts – the propulsion module and the lander module.
While the propulsion module continues to orbit the moon for a few years, the lander module is headed towards the Lunar surface, in preparation for its lunar soft-landing scheduled for August 23.
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