A day after Chandrayaan-3 was inserted into lunar orbit, the maneuver to bring it closer to the moon was successfully completed.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said on Sunday that Chandrayaan-3 has successfully completed its approach to the moon a day after it was inserted into orbit. ISRO said it will conduct the next such approach on August 9. ISRO said in a tweet on Sunday. ,’The spacecraft has completed the proposed approach to the Moon. Retrofiring of the engines’ has brought it closer to the surface of the Moon, now 170 km by 4,313 km.
ISRO said, the next maneuver to bring Chandrayaan closer to the Moon will be conducted on August 9, 2023 between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM IST. Three more processes will be completed by August 17. After that the landing module will separate from the ‘propulsion module’. This will be followed by a ‘de-orbiting’ exercise on the lander. After this, a ‘de-orbiting’ exercise will be conducted on the lander before landing on the lunar surface. According to ISRO, it will attempt a ‘soft landing’ on the lunar surface on August 23.
Let it be known that after a 22-day journey, Chandrayaan entered the orbit of the moon at around 7.15 pm on Saturday. ISRO de-orbited Chandrayaan-3 at around 11 pm on Sunday, August 6. That is, now the moon is in an orbit of 170 km x 4313 km. That is, Chandrayaan is moving in an orbit in which its minimum distance from the Moon is 170 km and maximum distance is 4313 km. Chandrayaan’s engines were fired briefly to change orbit. ISRO said that the next de-orbit operation will be done on 9 August 2023 between 13:00 and 14:00.