India is in an advantageous position when it comes to studying the Moon, the only satellite our planet has. This is because India has ‘boots on ground’ in the form of Chandrayaan-3 lander and rover on the surface of the Moon and also has Chandrayaan-2 orbiter revolving around the Moon, taking pictures. The combined forces of Chandrayaan-2 and Chandrayaan-3 are sure to help India in its scientific quest.
Also, a NASA satellite — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – recently captured an image of the Chandrayaan-3 landing site.
India became the first country to land successfully on the Moon’s South Pole. The historic development came four years after Chandrayaan-2 crashed on the surface of the Moon.
With Chandrayaan-3, India became the fourth country after the US, China and Russia to successfully land on Moon.
After the successful landing. Vikram lander and Prgyan rover performed several sets of tasks on the Moon’s surface. These included search for sulphur and other elements, recording relative temperature and more.
The stated objectives of Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission was safe and soft landing, rover roving on the Moon’s surface, and in-situ scientific experiments.
Currently, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover are in “sleep mode”. They will be re-activated around September 22
In the latest update, the Indian Space Research organisation put out a 3-dimensional ‘anaglyph’ image of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander from the south pole of the Moon.