(WATCH) Chandrayaan-3: Vikram Lander Makes Second Moon Landing with ‘Hop Experiment’

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved a major milestone with the successful execution of a “hop experiment” on the lunar surface by the Vikram Lander, part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

The hop experiment saw the Vikram Lander fire its engines on command, elevating itself by approximately 40 cm and safely landing at a distance of 30-40 cm away. This achievement surpasses the mission objectives and sets the stage for future sample return and human missions to the moon.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission also includes the Pragyan rover, which entered “Sleep mode” last week but remains prepared for further assignments with charged batteries and an active receiver. ISRO expresses optimism for a successful awakening, emphasizing the rover’s role as India’s lunar ambassador.

India’s space program has been gaining recognition for achieving significant milestones at a fraction of the cost compared to other space agencies. Notably, ISRO recently launched its first successful Sun mission, Aditya-L1, aimed at understanding coronal heating and solar wind acceleration.

Looking ahead, ISRO has ambitious plans, including a three-day crewed mission into Earth’s orbit scheduled for next year. Additionally, they are collaborating with Japan on a moon probe mission set for 2025 and planning an orbital mission to Venus within the next two years.

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