In a thrilling follow-up to Chandrayaan-3’s historic moon landing, the Vikram Lander has once again graced the lunar surface with its presence. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced this remarkable achievement today, stating that the Vikram Lander not only met but exceeded the mission’s objectives by successfully completing a daring “hop experiment.”
According to ISRO, the Vikram Lander, following precise commands, ignited its engines and gracefully ascended by approximately 40 centimeters as anticipated, before making a safe touchdown just 30 to 40 centimeters away. This unprecedented feat showcases the precision and capability of India’s space exploration endeavors.
ISRO also emphasized the profound significance of this accomplishment, as it marks a pivotal moment that “kickstarts enthusiasm for future sample return and human missions.” The agency further assured that Vikram’s systems remained robust and performed nominally throughout the experiment. The successful deployment of ramps and equipment demonstrated the Lander’s reliability.
While the Pragyan rover from the Chandrayaan-3 mission had entered “Sleep mode” last week, it remains charged and ready for potential future assignments. ISRO expressed optimism for its reawakening, underscoring its status as India’s lunar ambassador.
India’s recent achievement in landing near the moon’s south pole, following a previous setback in 2019, has ignited widespread jubilation within the country. This flawless touchdown, coming shortly after a Russian lander’s mishap in the same region, stands as a testament to India’s prowess in the realm of space exploration. The nation continues to match the accomplishments of other space programs while maintaining a fraction of their costs.
ISRO’s ambitious agenda includes the launch of a three-day crewed mission into Earth’s orbit next year, a joint lunar mission with Japan by 2025, and an orbital mission to Venus within the next two years. These endeavors solidify India’s position as a rising star in the global space community, with eyes set on the limitless possibilities of the cosmos.