How to watch India attempt to join exclusive moon-landing club


India is on the brink of embarking on a daring endeavor to achieve a lunar module landing.

The upcoming Chandrayaan-3 mission marks India’s initial lunar landing undertaking following an unsuccessful endeavor in 2019. This effort coincides closely with Russia’s recent setback in its bid to effectively place a lander on the moon’s surface.

The anticipated moment when India’s Vikram landing module touches down on the lunar surface is scheduled for Wednesday morning ET. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be providing a live stream of the event. Continue reading for comprehensive information on how to tune in and watch.

Should India achieve its goal, it will join an exclusive group of countries—comprising the U.S., China, and the former Soviet Union—that have successfully executed a gentle moon landing. Additionally, India would mark a significant milestone by being the first nation to accomplish a successful landing near the moon’s South Pole. This area is believed to contain valuable water ice, a crucial resource that could facilitate forthcoming crewed lunar missions. Moreover, the region holds the potential for groundbreaking deep space scientific revelations that could contribute to our understanding of our place in the cosmos, as noted by NASA.

Upon its secure descent, the Vikram landing module will release a compact rover named Pragyan. This rover will employ an assortment of scientific tools to explore its immediate environment.

Reflecting on the situation, Pallava Bagla, the science editor for India’s NDTV network, characterized the atmosphere in his country as “electric.” He went on to express that a staggering 1.4 billion Indians are holding their breath in anticipation of witnessing the triumphant and gentle touchdown of the Vikram lander, as he shared in an interview with BBC Radio on Tuesday.

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How to Watch:

The Vikram landing module of Chandrayaan-3 is slated to make its way to the moon’s surface on Wednesday, August 23, at 8:34 a.m. ET (6:04 p.m. local time).

ISRO will provide a live stream of the landing endeavor, allowing you to witness the unfolding events through the embedded player at the head of this page. Alternatively, you can tune in by visiting ISRO’s YouTube channel, where the same footage will be available. The live stream is scheduled to commence at 7:50 a.m. ET.


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