According to an Indian space scientist, the methodology, route, and experiments of Mission Chandrayaan-3 are vastly different from those of Russia’s Luna-25.
Chandrayaan-3, the Indian lunar-landing spacecraft, was launched on 14 July, and Luna-25 followed suit on 11 August. Chandraan 3 is expected to touch down on the moon surface around August 23 after completing a 40-day mission. Meanwhile, Luna 25 is anticipated to land on its moonpad around two days before Chandasan-3 (although both missions will attempt to reach the lunar south pole).
The course of study is referred to as the ‘Gap in Journal’.
The Russian lunar mission is currently in a race against India, having launched its Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander last month.
Chandrayaan-3 could potentially land on the south pole of the Moon after 40 days, thanks to its dependability on Earth’s and moon’ s gravitational pull, as per an Indian Space Research Organisation scientist. However, Luna-25, which is a high-powered rocket with fewer fuel loads, is capable of propelling the spacecraft without any external assistance.
Launched on 10 August by a Soyuz 2.1 rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome, Luna-25 is expected to touch down on the moon on 21 August. It is Russia’s first lunar landing in 47 years and will be the first country to do so.
No other country has successfully landed on the south pole. India’s Chandrayaan-2 failed in 2019.
India’s upcoming third Moon mission, ‘Chandrayaan-3,’ is scheduled to arrive safely at the South Pole of the Moon between August 23 and 24.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, Vikram, which translates to “valour” in Sanskrit, is equipped with a lander module and rover named Pragyan, meaning wisdom, developed by ISRO.
In the event of a successful landing, the rover will travel from Vikram to the lunar region, taking pictures to be sent back to Earth for analysis.
One lunar day or 14 Earth days are the duration of the rover’s mission.