Laser Communication with Chandrayaan-3 Lander

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has successfully pinged India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission‘s Vikram lander on the Moon using a laser instrument. The laser beam was transmitted and reflected between the LRO and a retroreflector on the Vikram lander, located near the Moon’s south pole. The Laser Retroreflector Array …

Chandrayaan-3 takes seismic readings from lunar surface

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times    Context: India’s lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-3, Vikram lander and Pragyan rover conducted their first in-situ measurements of the lunar surface. The detection of seismic activity, which not only registered the rover and scientific instruments but also captured a “natural event”.   Further findings: Chandrayaan-3’s RAMBHA-LP payload …

23rd August will be celebrated as the National Space Day

Facts for Prelims (FFP)  Source: PIB  Context: The Prime Minister visited the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru and addressed the ISRO team about the success of Chandrayaan-3.    Key Highlights from PM speech: The Prime Minister celebrated the achievement of Chandrayaan-3 as a significant scientific milestone that demonstrates India’s prowess in …

Chandrayaan-3

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space   Source: IE  Context: Chandrayaan-3 is India’s upcoming lunar mission, which aims to be the world’s first mission to soft-land near the lunar south pole.   What is Chandrayaan-3 Mission? Chandrayaan-3 is India’s third moon mission and is a follow-up of Chandrayaan-2 (2019) which aimed to land a rover on …