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Chandrayaan-3 Mission: Vikram completes 2nd De-boost, Nearing its Destination – the Moon

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday informed that it successfully reduced the orbit of the Lander Module of Chandrayaan-3 mission bringing it further closer to the moon. Taking the matter to X (Formerly known as Twitter, ISRO wrote, “Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The second and final deboosting operation has successfully reduced the LM […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Aug 20, 2023 06:31 IST
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Chandrayaan-3 Mission

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday informed that it successfully reduced the orbit of the Lander Module of Chandrayaan-3 mission bringing it further closer to the moon.

Taking the matter to X (Formerly known as Twitter, ISRO wrote, “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 23, 2023, around 1745 Hrs. IST.”

About Chandrayaan-3

As part of the ongoing mission progression, Chandrayaan-3, which was launched on July 14, had entered the lunar orbit on August 5. In the subsequent days, three consecutive orbit reduction maneuvers were conducted on August 6, 9, and 14 to gradually position the spacecraft closer to the Moon. These precisely calculated maneuvers play a crucial role in aligning Chandrayaan-3’s trajectory for its upcoming soft landing attempt.

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Chandrayaan-3 Landing

ISRO is meticulously conducting a series of maneuvers to gradually reduce the spacecraft’s orbit and position it over the lunar poles, where the soft landing is planned. The culmination of this phase is expected to occur on August 23, when Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to make its soft landing attempt on the Moon’s south polar region.

First published on: Aug 20, 2023 06:27 AM IST

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