Rashmi Ranjan

India carried out its highly anticipated lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 on July 14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Andhra Pradesh. 

While the country’s ‘Bahubali’ rocket successfully put the moon spacecraft -- Chandrayaan-3 -- into orbit, India is eagerly waiting for the lander’s soft landing on the moon's surface on August 23.

From July 14 to August 23, the Chandrayaan-3 will cover a long journey as the distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 3.844 lakh km. 

Meanwhile, Samarendra Behera, an artist from Mayurbhanj district, has made a smoke art depicting India’s lunar mission and garnering praise from all quarters for his art.

Behera uploaded the video of his art on social media and it is now going viral with internet users highly appreciating his work.

“I have tried to depict the launch of Chandrayaan-3 through my smoke art. It took 1 hour to complete the art. I have displayed Chandrayaan-3’s journey from the Earth to the Moon through my art,” Behera said.

Notably, the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission will make India the fourth country in the world to land and ride on the moon's surface after the US, Russia, and China.

India had launched its first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 in October 2008 using its light rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the second mission on July 22, 2019, with the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III now renamed LVM3.

The Friday moon mission is a follow-up to the failed Chandrayaan-2 mission in 2019 when the lander named Vikram crashed onto the moon's surface.

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