After Vikram’s ‘hop’, ISRO eyes next lunar jump: To bring back samples from the Moon latest news of india


Following the success of Chandrayaan-3, India’s third mission to the Moon, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is developing expertise in missions that will be able to return samples to Earth, and a jump to the lunar surface by Vikram . The September 3 lander was a step in that direction, officials said.

Vikram Lander, captured by cameras mounted on the rover on the surface of the Moon. (ISRO)

An ISRO official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the findings of Chandrayaan-3, especially the successful Hop experiment, will form the basis of future lunar missions. Based on experiments on the Moon, the space agency will design programs where samples can be brought back to Earth, he said.

“There is no fixed timeline for this yet, but we are working on developing our system in such a way that it can make a return flight,” the official said. “The hop experiment was merely a demonstration of the larger plan.”

Few countries have demonstrated the ability to fly to another celestial body, making the hop – for which the Vikram lander on September 3 fired its rockets to rise to a height of 40 cm and land again – a crucial test.

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: Vikram lands on soft landing again! Vikram Lander exceeded its mission objectives. It successfully went through a hop experiment. On command, it started the engines, raised itself about 40 cm as expected and landed safely at a distance of 30 – 40 cm. Significance: This ‘kick-start’ excites future sample returns and manned missions! All systems function nominally and are healthy. The deployed ramp, ChaSTE and ILSA were folded back and successfully redeployed after the experiment,” ISRO said at the time after the experiment.

The space agency is also working with Japan for a lunar mission, the Lunar Polar Exploration (LUPEX) project, an initiative to gain expertise in exploring the Moon and exploring its surface for water and other resources.

The LUPEX project is an international cooperative project, with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in charge of the lunar rover and ISRO responsible for the lander that will carry the rover. Observational instruments from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) will be mounted on the rover.

“Analysis of various observational data in recent years suggests that water may exist in the lunar polar regions,” the Japanese agency said in a mission document. “If water can be found in these areas, it could be used as an energy source for future human activities on the Moon.”


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