Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover Captures Stunning Image of Vikram Lander

Pragyan Rover

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully soft-landed Vikram Lander on the Lunar South Pole just one week back. The latest development is that the Pragyan Rover has clicked a stunning image of Vikram Lander standing pretty tall at the Shiv Shakthi Point. ISRO took to X (formerly Twitter) and shared the image along with the caption Smile, please.

ISRO has revealed that the image of the mission was captured by the Navigation Camera (NavCam) onboard the Rover. The space agency also disclosed that NavCams for the Chandrayaan-3 mission have been developed by the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) located in Bengaluru.

Pragyan Rover

Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) is situated at Peenya Industrial Estate, Bengaluru. It is in this location the first Indian satellite was fabricated in 1975. The LEOS facility is involved in the design, development, and production of Attitude Sensors for all LEO, GEO, and interplanetary missions. The center also develops and delivers optical systems for remote sensing and meteorological payloads. Moreover, LEOS is integrated with world-class fabrication, testing, and coating facilities. The facility is also involved in the development of 3-axis Fiber Optics Gyro, Optical Communication, MEMS, Nanotechnology, Payload detectors, and much more.

ISRO launched Chandrayaan-3 on July 14 from SDSC, SHAR. The team performed series of firing to reach the Moon’s orbit. While Russia’s Luna-25 failed during the second motor firing, Chandrayaan-3 scaled over the difficult Moon’s surface. ISRO successfully soft-landed Chandrayaan-3 on August 23 and the entire operation was completed as per textbook precision.

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The mission completed each and every process accurately and the lander touched the Lunar South Pole amidst claps and excitement around ISTRAC complex. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the event from South Africa and appreciated the efforts of the whole team. Modi returned to Bengaluru directly from Greece and addressed the team. He announced that the Vikram Lander landing point will be named as Shiv Shakti. He also added that August 23 will be celebrated as National Space Day.

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