2023 ASCEND Adds Lunar Luncheon Session – Chandrayaan-3: The Journey to the Moon Written 6 October 2023



Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-3, the word for “moon craft” in Sanskrit, descends toward the lunar surface. | Credit: ISRO; YouTube; framegrab

October 6, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce a featured luncheon session – Chandrayaan-3: The Journey to the Moon, by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), during 2023 ASCEND at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas. The success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission makes India the fourth spacefaring nation to soft land on the moon.

Registration for the 2023 ASCEND event is open now. Journalists from around the world are invited to cover 2023 ASCEND; press passes are available for credentialed media by request.

Chandrayaan-3: The Journey to the Moon

  • Presenter: M. Sankaran, Distinguished Scientist and Director, U.R. Rao Satellite Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • Date: Tuesday, 24 October, 1245 hrs PT

In August, the world was captivated by the images from the surface of the moon as the Chandrayaan-3 mission unfolded in real time. From the successful landing at the south pole of the moon to the rollout of the Pragyan rover, the public – along with the professional aerospace community – watched in awe.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission included difficult engineering challenges – from safely landing on the moon to reaching the lunar south pole. Sankaran will share insights into the performance of Chandrayaan-3 onboard scientific instruments and key takeaways about the moon. He will cover the complex overall mission configuration, including highlights of the satellite bus systems and the objectives of the scientific instruments. Looking back, Sankaran also will discuss lessons learned from the Chandrayaan-2 mission in 2019. The Chandrayaan team has demonstrated remarkable resilience, persevering over time to continue advancing its lunar exploration program.

AIAA Media Contact: Rebecca Gray, RebeccaG@AIAA.org, 804-397-5270 cell

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