India’s Chandrayaan 3 lands successfully on moon; India now joins the Space Club

The first images from India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission taken after the probe’s historic moon touchdown reveal a pockmarked surface near the lunar south pole.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared the images on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday (Aug. 23), about four hours after the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft completed its smooth descent. 

The first set of four images were taken by the lander’s Horizontal Velocity Camera as it was nearing the surface of the moon. An additional image from the Landing Imager Camera, shared a little later, shows a glimpse of the landing site, including a portion of the spacecraft’s landing leg and its shadow. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *