The Vikram lander module of the Chandrayaan-3 mission took fresh pictures of the Moon and Earth that showed the spacecraft’s lunar orbit and its readiness to land on the moon. The lander will perform de-orbiting maneuvers to bring it closer to the moon to ensure a soft landing. ISRO chief S Somanath confirmed that even if all sensors fail, Vikram will still land as long as the propulsion system works. De-orbiting maneuvers will get carried out on August 9, August 14, and August 16, until the lander’s orbit decreases to 100 km x 100 km from the moon.
ISRO shares pictures taken by the Chandrayaan-3 lander ahead of the Moon landing
“Even if everything fails, if all the sensors fail, if nothing works, Vikram will still land. It started that way, so long as the propulsion system is in working order,” ISRO chief S Somanath stated.
Vikram captured a new set of photographs
The Chandrayaan-3 mission’s specific lander module, called Vikram, captured a new set of pictures of the Moon and Earth on Thursday, which emerged by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Chandrayaan-3 will land softly on the moon’s surface in just a fortnight. On August 5, the spacecraft entered the lunar orbit. On 23 this month, it’s ready to touch down on the moon.
The lander captured Moon’s & Earth’s photographs
Aristarchus, Eddington, and Pythagoras craters, with one of the moon’s dark plains, Oceanus Procellarum, are all visible in the images. On July 14, the day the nation’s third Moon lander mission took off, the lander imager camera captured another picture in which the Earth is visible from a distance.
Chandrayaan-3 will make many de-orbiting maneuvers to bring it next to the moon so that Vikram can touch down there.
If all the sensors stop working, Vikram will still land
The propellant section will “debsoost,” an operation that guarantees the gentle landing of the lander, according to ISRO chief S Somanath. “Even if everything goes wrong, if all the sensors stop working, nothing works, Vikram will still land. It originated in that way, as long as the propulsion system functions properly,” he told news agency PTI.
According to Somanath, these de-orbiting maneuvers will get carried out on August 9, August 14, and August 16 until its orbit decreases to 100 km x 100 km from the moon.