In a significant milestone for India's space exploration, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has triumphantly completed its orbits around Earth and is currently en route to the Moon. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced this remarkable achievement on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. The ambitious Chandrayaan-3 mission began with a flawless launch, demonstrating India's prowess in space technology. After successful injection into the translunar orbit, the spacecraft is now well on its way towards Earth's celestial neighbor.
Chandrayaan-3, the successor to Chandrayaan-2, carries with it the hopes and aspirations of a nation eager to delve deeper into lunar exploration. The mission's primary objectives include conducting extensive scientific research and studies on the Moon's surface, collecting crucial data, and further enhancing India's knowledge of lunar geology and its resources.
"Chandrayaan-3 completes its orbits around the earth and heads towards the moon. A successful perigee-firing performed at ISTRAC, ISRO has injected the spacecraft into the translunar orbit," it said.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon was launched on July 14th. The spacecraft consists of a propulsion module weighing 2,148 kg, a lander weighing 1,723.89 kg, and a rover weighing 26 kg. After reaching the lunar orbit, the lander will detach from the propulsion module and is scheduled to make a gentle touchdown near the South Pole of the Moon on August 23rd at 5:47 p.m. The descent to the lunar surface will begin from an altitude of approximately 100 km. Following the successful soft landing, the six-wheeled rover will deploy and conduct experiments on the Moon's surface for one lunar day, which lasts approximately 14 Earth days.