ISRO conducted this critical test on September 3, and it’s a game-changer. The United States was the first country to relaunch and soft land a landed spacecraft, but India has now become the second country to achieve this feat through this experiment.
ISRO just made history! The Chandrayaan three Vikram lander has flown again on the lunar surface, and this time it’s even more impressive. The Vikram Lander has successfully soft-landed after flying a whopping 40 cm from the lunar surface. That’s right, you heard it here first – ISRO has demonstrated critical technology for future missions, and we couldn’t be more excited!
But that’s not all, folks. On August 23, the Vikram lander took off from the landing site and crossed a height and distance of 40 cm before landing at a new location. This is ISRO’s second soft landing on the lunar surface, and it’s a huge milestone for the Indian space agency. The rover and payloads, including Chaste and Ilsa, were then deployed, and after landing safely at the new location, the payloads were reactivated.
ISRO conducted this critical test on September 3, and it’s a game-changer. The United States was the first country to relaunch and soft land a landed spacecraft, but India has now become the second country to achieve this feat through this experiment. And get this – India is also the first country to achieve this feat in its first mission. Talk about impressive!
But that’s not all, folks. The lander will be flown again in the future to return samples from the Moon to Earth, including humans. This flight is also an announcement that we can do those missions. We’re eagerly waiting for the day when the sun shines again on the South Pole on September 22nd.
And if you’re wondering what it looked like, ISRO has got you covered. They shared a video of the manoeuvre captured by Vikram Lander’s camera, and it’s truly awe-inspiring. All systems of the lander performed nominally and were healthy. “Deployed Ramp, Chandra’s Surface Thermo physical Experiment (ChaSTE) and Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA) were folded back and redeployed successfully after the experiment.” ISRO has truly outdone themselves, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve next!