Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 successfully underwent a second deboosting operation in the wee hours of Sunday. With this, the mission’s last step is the powered descent towards the south pole of the moon.
India’s third mission in its lunar exploration series was launched successfully on July 14 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The spacecraft — entered the lunar orbit on August 5 — is scheduled to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface on August 23.
– Lander Module Undergoes Second & Final Deboosting Operation
The Lander Module of Chandrayaan-3 successfully underwent the second and final deboosting operation on Sunday. This has now the reduced the LM orbit to 25 km x 134 km.
Following this, ISRO posted on the microblogging site X, “The module would undergo internal checks and await the sun-rise at the designated landing site.”
Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to begin its powered descent at 5:45 pm on August 23.
Chandrayaan-3 Mission:The second and final deboosting operation has successfully reduced the LM orbit to 25 km x 134 km.
The module would undergo internal checks and await the sun-rise at the designated landing site.
The powered descent is expected to commence on August… pic.twitter.com/7ygrlW8GQ5
— ISRO (@isro) August 19, 2023
– India’s Chandrayaan-3 vs Russia’s Luna-25
Russia’s Luna-25, which was launched on August 10 is scheduled to land on August 21, while India’s third lunar mission is scheduled to make its soft landing on the moon’s south pole on August 23, two days after Russia’s spacecraft. Luna-25 joined Chandrayaan-3 in the lunar orbit on August 16.