ISRO on Monday released images of regions on the far side of the Moon captured by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC). Developed in Ahmedabad, the camera assists in locating safe landing areas during descent, free of boulders or deep trenches. The Space Applications Center (SAC) at the base is ISRO’s main research and development center.

According to the space agency, to achieve Chandrayaan-3’s mission goals, the lander employs several advanced technologies, such as LHDAC.

Launched on July 14, Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2 designed to demonstrate end-to-end capabilities for safely landing and roaming on the lunar surface.

ISRO said on Sunday that the lander with the rover on its belly is expected to touch down on the lunar surface on August 23 at around 6:04 p.m.

On Friday, ISRO also released a set of images of the Moon captured by a camera on the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft’s landing module. The images, taken after the lander module separated from the spacecraft’s propulsion module on Thursday, show craters on the lunar surface labeled “Fabry,” “Giordano Bruno,” and ” Harkhebi J”.

Meanwhile, Chandrayaan-3’s lander module has successfully performed a decompression (deceleration) maneuver to bring it closer to the moon and its health is normal, the Indian Space Research Organization said on Friday.

Last week, Chandrayaan-3’s lander module successfully separated from the propulsion module that propels it in space these days.


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