Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Centre (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru’s Peenya industrial area early morning on Saturday to congratulate the scientists for the successful descent of the Vikram lander on Moon’s surface.
During his visit, PM Modi is expected to address the team of scientists involved in the ambitious unmanned lunar mission and discuss ISRO’s future endeavours.
Traffic advisory for roads leading to the ISRO facility has already been released. Restrictions imposed on north Bengaluru roads leading to the facility, whereas, on east and central Bengaluru roads leading to HAL airport between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.
After an eventful 40-day journey, the lander module made a successful soft landing on the lunar surface on August 23 as scheduled, making India the fourth nation to achieve such feat and the first to touch down on the uncharted south pole of the moon.
PM Modi joined from South Africa’s Johannesburg, where he was attending the BRICS summit, during the Vikram lander’s touch down. During his virtual address, he said, “When we see such historic moments it makes us very proud. This is the dawn of new India.”
Launched on July 14 from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota by Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) missile, the success of Chandrayaan-3 mission’s historic milestone marks another breakthrough in ISRO’s space endeavours. It carried a propulsion and a lander module.
The lander module had a configuration of a lander – Vikram – and a rover – Pragyan. Following the soft landing, the rover payload will carry out on the ground chemical analysis of the lunar surface. Both the rover and lander payloads have the capacity to carry out experiments there.
On Wednesday, the Pragyan rover descended from the Vikram lander and undertook its first moonwalk. Utilising a two-segment ramp, the rover safely rolled down onto the lunar surface. Equipped with a solar panel for power generation, the rover’s activities were documented through multiple videos shared by ISRO later.
After the touchdown, the mission will be carried out for one lunar day – equivalent to approximately 14 Earth days.
Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-on mission after the Indian space agency’s second lunar mission in an attempt to demonstrate end-to-end safe-landing and roving capability on lunar surface.
Throughout its journey, the Landing Imager Camera, attached to the Vikram lander, sent several images of Moon from different angles along with video clips. A closer look of the unexplored southern parts of the moon was released by ISRO after the soft landing.