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Moon race: India vs Russia’s lunar landing excites citizens

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New Delhi: In a significant development for Chandrayaan-3, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced the successful separation of the Vikram lander from the propulsion module on Thursday in New Delhi.

This brings India closer to realizing its long-awaited lunar landing ambition. However, India is not the only contender this time, as Russia’s Luna-25 also recently entered the lunar orbit, aiming for a landing on the Moon’s uncharted south pole.

The question of which mission will touch down first has emerged due to their overlapping timelines. Chandrayaan-3 aims for a landing between August 23 and 24, while Luna-25’s potential landing date is around August 21-23.

Both missions have different trajectories despite being close to the Moon at the same time. Chandrayaan-3 started its journey on July 14, entering lunar orbit on August 5. It’s meticulously adjusting its orbit for a soft landing attempt within 40 days of launch.

On the other hand, Luna-25, launched by Russia on August 10, follows a more direct trajectory to the Moon, possibly allowing an early landing attempt on August 21.

The difference in their arrival times is attributed to Luna-25’s leaner mass, efficient fuel storage, and more direct route compared to Chandrayaan-3.

While the order of arrival might not have a significant impact on the outcomes, the knowledge gained from each mission enriches our understanding of the Moon. The competition between India and Russia fosters innovation and growth in space exploration.

As global interest in lunar exploration grows, the Moon’s unexplored areas hold scientific opportunities, potentially revealing insights into its history and evolution. The Moon’s untapped resources, including water, Helium-3, and rare earth metals, could pave the way for future human exploration, though the specifics of lunar mining remain unclear.

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