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India successfully landed its lunar station on the Moon after Russia's failure

India successfully landed its lunar station on the Moon after Russia's failure Indian lunar station Chandrayaan-3 has successfully landed on the Moon's surface (Photo: Getty Images)

The landing module of the Indian lunar station Chandrayaan-3 successfully touched down on the Moon's surface today, August 23, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

The landing took place in the region of the southern pole. On August 17, this landing module successfully detached from the propulsion system that brought it into orbit around the Moon.

The lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 holds significant importance for India. This marks the country's third attempt to land its module on the lunar surface.

India successfully became the first country to land its spacecraft in the lunar south-polar region.

Leading up to this event

The Chandrayaan-3 mission, with a cost of $73 million, began with the launch of the carrier rocket into space on July 14.

After landing, the six-wheeled lunar rover named Pragyan, powered by its solar panel and navigates using obstacle avoidance cameras, will roll onto the Moon's surface.

The rover is equipped with a spectrometer to analyze lunar soil and rocks and a spectroscope with laser induction, allowing it to determine their chemical composition.

Russia's Unsuccessful Moon Landing Attempt

On Sunday, Russia's first-ever mission to the Moon failed. It was reported that the Luna-25 station crashed.

On August 20, "Roscosmos" stated that the Luna-25 station had transitioned to an unstable orbit and collided with the Moon. Thus, the mission came to an end.

However, on the evening of August 19, "Roscosmos" announced that during the transition of the Luna-25 station to its pre-landing orbit, an emergency occurred that "prevented the execution of the maneuver with the specified parameters."