Bengaluru: In a surprising experiment, the Indian Space Research Organisation conducted a significant test as part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. This experiment involved manoeuvring the Vikram lander to a remarkably low altitude, 40 centimetres above the lunar surface. The Vikram lander’s ascent was accomplished through the utilisation of a propulsion system, followed by soft landing again at a distance of 30 to 40 centimetres from the originally designated soft landing site.
This experimental achievement marks a significant milestone in India’s ambitious quest to send humans to the lunar surface. ISRO emphasised that the equipment used for the landing, including stands and ramps, was successfully retrieved and the landing parameters were meticulously recalibrated. To provide insight into this groundbreaking event, ISRO also released footage of the test.
🇮🇳Vikram soft-landed on 🌖, again!
Vikram Lander exceeded its mission objectives. It successfully underwent a hop experiment.
On command, it fired the engines, elevated itself by about 40 cm as expected and landed safely at a distance of 30 – 40 cm away.… pic.twitter.com/T63t3MVUvI
— ISRO (@isro) September 4, 2023
Furthermore, ISRO has unveiled footage showcasing the Chandrayaan-3 probe and rover undergoing rigorous testing before transitioning into their dormant state. During these tests, the rover detected both heat signatures and the presence of sulphur on the lunar surface. Additionally, ISRO has gathered valuable data regarding the lunar surface’s vibrations.