Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander has shared its first images from its landing site on the Moon’s South Pole.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared the first set of images on X, formerly Twitter, four hours after Chandrayaan-3 completed its smooth descent on the cratered lunar surface.
The first set of four images were taken by Vikram lander’s Horizontal Velocity Camera as it was nearing the surface of the Moon. An additional image from the Landing Imager Camera was shared a little while later. It showed a glimpse of the landing site, including a part of the spacecraft’s landing leg and its shadow.
ISRO made history on August 23, 2023 when it became the first space agency in the world to successfully land on the Moon’s South Pole. The mission is crucial for scientists around the world to build on their nascent knowledge of what’s on this side of the Moon since it was previously unexplored.
Chandrayaan-3 also carried onboard a small rover named Pragyan that will be deployed to carry out experiments over the next 14 days and explore the composition of lunar soil and rocks. So we can expect more exciting images from the Moon over the course of the next two weeks.
How exciting are these never-seen-before images?!