Landing on the Moon is no small matter: The Moon is littered with the debris of failed missions. Most recently, it also happened with the first Russian Moon mission in nearly half a century: The “Luna-25” space probe crashed on the Moon on Saturday, the space agency Roscosmos announced in Moscow. A crushing defeat in the midst of the Ukraine war. “Luna-25” was also supposed to investigate an area near the South Pole.
Indians The first attempt to land on the Moon also failed: four years ago, the landing module on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which, like the current one, consisted of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, crashed into the lunar surface. Moon. Later the space agency said that there were problems with braking while approaching the moon. The orbiter is still orbiting the Moon.
According to ISRO, adjustments have been made to the current mission to resolve problems from previous missions. The first probe, Chandrayaan-1, was launched in 2008 and orbited the Moon without landing.
Wanted with the mission “Chandrayaan-3” If Among other things, learn more about the frozen water on the Moon that has been found on and below the Moon’s surface. Such ice could, among other things, be useful in future manned Moon missions. “Such missions are futuristic,” said Ajay Lele of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyzes in the Indian capital New Delhi. “If you want to reach your goal in two or three decades, you have to start today.”
Indians The space program started in the 1960s. In the first decades, the focus was mainly on launching satellites into space at low cost. meanwhile is If more ambitious goals. Recently, during a visit from Indians Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to US President Joe Biden increased cooperation on space travel.
Shortly after touchdown, the European Space Agency ESA sent congratulations via X (formerly Twitter). “Incredible!” Austrian-born ESA Director General Joseph Eschbacher wrote: “What a way to showcase new technologies and Indians Realizing the first soft landing on another celestial body. Well done, I’m impressed in every way.”
In a message Eschbacher mentioned support from the ESA. So you were involved in the ongoing monitoring of the actions of the landing module. European space communication systems were also placed at the service of the pioneering Indian mission.