ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft Saturday evening entered the lunar orbit completing another milestone in its journey and captured the first visuals of the moon. The series of photographs, captured as Chandrayaan-3 passed by the Earth’s natural satellite, showed the pockmarked surface of the Moon from various angles.
If ISRO pulls this mission off successfully, India will join an exclusive list of just three other countries that have managed a soft landing on the Moon — the United States, the erstwhile Soviet Union and most recently, China. Both the United States and the Soviet Union crashed many spacecraft before they successfully landed on the Moon. China was the only country to succeed in its first attempt with the Chang’e-3 mission in 2013.