The Chandrayaan-3 has successfully made the smooth landing near the Moon’s South Pole. India is the first Nation to make landing on that part of the Moon and fourth county to make a smooth landing on the Moon’s surface. The other three are US, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union. This successful mission has made all Indians so proud. After the soft landing was successful achieved, the Pragyan rover rolled out of Vikram lander successfully. It rolled out over after all the lunar dust had settled down fully on the surface.
As Chandrayaan-3 landed on the moon on August 23, 2023, at 6:04 pm IST, the Pragyan rover took around four hours to roll down to get on the surface of the Moon. Pragyan is rectangle shaped and has 6 wheels so that it can be mobile. It also has a navigation camera. As per latest reports, Pragyan has sent the first photo of the Moon which was captured when Chandrayan 3 was landing. Pragyan was also able to take a photo of the surface where the landing took place. It can be observed that Chandrayaan 3 chose the best spot which is flat surface for landing.
The photos of the landing spot were captured by Vikram lander’s Landing Imager Camera. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) took on to X and shared the first photo taken by Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander during its descent on the lunar surface. In the post they wrote “The communication link is established between the Ch-3 Lander and MOX-ISTRAC, Bengaluru. Here are the images from the Lander Horizontal Velocity Camera taken during the descent.”
Moreover, what’s special is that the rover is creating imprints of the Ashoka Emblem on the surface of the Moon where it’ll move. The Ashoka Emblem is embossed on the rear wheels of the Pragyan rover. On one side of its rear wheels it has the Ashoka emblem and on the other side it has the logo of ISRO. This will mark India’s essence on the moon. It will always be a reminder of India’s power in technological prowess. The mark will be there forever and ever.