Still the Earth is beautiful

“I see Earth! It is so beautiful.”

This is the famous saying of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into space. Exploring space helps us understand our own world. When we explore what lies beyond Earth, it assists in understanding our own planet. Studying the other worlds demonstrates that Earth is invaluable.  It  has also helped us learn about gravity, the atmosphere, fluid dynamics etc.

Now the recent buzz is Chandrayaan-3. When space explorations are carried out, it is a milestone for the whole world. India’s Chandrayaan 3 endeavor was launched on July 14 by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO() from Sriharikota using the heavylift LVM3-M4 rocket. It is to be noted that it is India’s third lunar mission.

Earlier, the United states, Russia, and China had achieved this mission. If India succeeds, she will join the elite list of countries (U.S., Russia, and China) to achieve a soft landing on the moon.

The Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft will reach the lunar orbit in over a month after the launch. ISRO has mentioned that it has learnt lessons from the weaknesses of Chandrayaan-2 (once Chandrayaan 2 was launched, the moon lander, failed to land) and corrected its mistakes in Chandrayaan 3. Chandrayaan 3 is having a failure-based design (what all could go wrong) instead of success-based design.

The landing region  for the Chandrayaan-3 is quite  the same as Chandrayaan-2 – near the Moon’s south pole at 70 degrees latitude. If everything is fine, Chandrayaan-3 will become a major advancement in space exploration more so because it will soft-land near the south pole on Moon.



2 Thoughts to “Still the Earth is beautiful”

  1. B Srinivasan.

    It’s good but is something like a precis of the newspaper article meant to popularise science at a fundamental level. It would be a little more interesting to understand the dynamics involved in the mission for example the trajectory involved in various phases, the earth – centric orbit, the inter-planetary trajectory and the lunar centric trajectory. Precise manoeuvres are needed to realise the mission. I can provide it at leisure.

  2. Thanks for your comment. Highly appreciated. Am sure your insights will add value to this blog.

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