New Delhi: As the highly anticipated soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon’s southern pole, K Sivan, the former director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the lead of the previous lunar endeavor ‘Chandrayaan-2’, conveyed his optimism that the mission is poised for a “grand success.”
In a conversation with the media, Sivan remarked,”It’s a very anxious moment…I’m sure that this time it will be a grand success.”
“We have our own system and we will be establishing a soft landing without any problem. But it is a complex process,” he said while responding to a question asked whether there would be any impact after the failure of Russia’s Luna-25 mission.
Russia’s moon mission failed after its Luna-25 spacecraft spun out of control and smashed into the moon on Sunday.
“As far as this Chandrayaan-3 is concerned, there were many things that changed from Chandrayaan-2. There were many technologies and many many scientific things that needed to be changed. Those are changed,” the former ISRO director pointed out.
Earlier today, ISRO unveiled images of the far side of the lunar surface, captured by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC). This camera assumes a crucial role in identifying a secure landing zone, one devoid of sizable boulders or profound crevices, during the descent phase.
Chandrayaan-3 is poised to touch down on the Moon on August 23, 2023 (Wednesday), around 18:04 IST.