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Chandrayaan 3: Lander to Make Crucial Separation Today; Understand Mission 10 Points

New Delhi: Today is another crucial day for India’s ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 3 as its lander ‘Vikram’ is scheduled to separate from the propulsion module of the spacecraft. As the mission is inching closer to landing, which is scheduled on August 23, Let’s have a look at important aspects of the mission in 10 […]

Edited By : Aditya Singh | Updated: Aug 17, 2023 11:24 IST
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New Delhi: Today is another crucial day for India’s ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 3 as its lander ‘Vikram’ is scheduled to separate from the propulsion module of the spacecraft.

As the mission is inching closer to landing, which is scheduled on August 23, Let’s have a look at important aspects of the mission in 10 points. 

1 – The Mission was launched on July 14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota) via GSLV Mark 3 heavy-lift launch vehicle.

2- On August 17 successfully underwent the fifth and final lunar orbit maneuver.

3- Chandrayaan 3 will land on the south pole of the moon. Russia’s Luna-25 is scheduled to land in the same area. Both missions have significant implications in order to explore the unexplored. 

4- The total budget of Chandrayaan 3 is Rs 250 crore (excluding launch vehicles). However, the launch service costs around Rs 365 crore. 

5- Chandrayaan 3 consists of various electronic and mechanical systems including navigation Sensors, and propulsion systems. It has mechanisms to release rover, two-way communication antennas. 

6- After launching the spacecraft completed five earth-orbit manoeuvres between July 15 to 25 and was successfully inserted into lunar orbit on August 5.  

7- After separation the lander will undergo to position itself at a closest point in an orbit between the closest point of 30km and the farthest point of 100km. The orbit will set the stage for a soft landing. 

8- The last attempt of ISRO to explore the south pole of the moon with Chandrayaan 2′ failed after the aircraft missed the soft landing. 

9- Chnadrayaan consists of a lander, a rover, and a Propulsion module which has an accumulated weight of around 3,900 Kilograms. 

10- Once landed, the Chandrayaan-3 will be in operation for one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days.

Also Read: Chandrayaan-3 completes final lunar orbit maneuver, just 163 km away from surface

First published on: Aug 17, 2023 11:24 AM IST

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