Chandrayaan-3 updates: Today is a very important day for Chandrayaan 3. Today preparations will be made to separate the propulsion module and the lander module. There is a preparation for a soft landing on the moon on 23 August. The distance of Chandrayaan-3 from the surface of the Moon is now only 150 kms.
New Delhi: Under India’s ambitious mission Moon, Chandrayaan-3 has moved closer to becoming the fourth country to land a lander on the lunar surface. The distance of Chandrayaan-3 from the surface of the Moon is now only 150 kilometers. India’s third moon mission Chandrayaan-3 changed its orbit for the last time on Wednesday. Today preparations will be made to separate the propulsion module and the lander module. There is a preparation for a soft landing on the moon on 23 August.
“Today’s successful firing, needed for a short duration, has put Chandrayaan-3 into an orbit of 153 km x 163 km, as intended. With this, the lunar-bound manoeuvres are completed. It’s time for preparations as the Propulsion Module and the Lander Module gear up for their separate journeys,” ISRO wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Orbit circularisation phase commences
Precise maneuvre performed today has achieved a near-circular orbit of 150 km x 177 km
The next operation is planned for August 16, 2023, around 0830 Hrs. IST pic.twitter.com/LlU6oCcOOb
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— ISRO (@isro) August 14, 2023
Chandrayaan-3 will land on the moon on August 23
When the minimum distance from the moon will be 30 km, then the lander will start the journey to land on the lunar surface and this will happen on August 23 at 5.47 pm. However, there are still many challenges in this process of soft landing. Chandrayaan-3 has completed more than half of the lunar spacecraft and will land on the moon on 23 August. Let us tell the process from the launch of Chandrayaan-3 till August 23-
Journey of Chandrayaan-3
July 14, 2023: Launched Chandrayaan-3 with LVM3 rocket at 2.45 pm. 16 minutes later, the rocket released Chandrayaan-3 into Earth’s orbit.
July 14-July 31, 2023: Chandrayaan-3 continues to orbit the Earth. With engine firing, the spacecraft increased its elliptical orbit 5 times.
August 1, 2023: The orbit transfer of Chandrayaan-3 took place. The spacecraft started moving towards the moon.
August 5, 2023: Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft reaches the Moon’s orbit
August 16, 2023: Chandrayaan-3 reaches Moon’s fifth orbit
August 17, 2023: The lander will separate from the propulsion module 100 km above the Moon. Lander will start deceleration in 100×30 km orbit
August 23, 2023: The lander will land on the moon at 5:47 pm. The rover will exit the ramp and conduct experiments on the lunar surface for 14 days.
Giving information about the landing, ISRO Chairman S Somnath said that the most important part of the landing is the process of bringing the velocity of the lander from a height of 30 km to the final landing and the ability to move the vehicle from horizontal to vertical direction is that process. Where we have to show our ability.
Aim of Chandrayaan-3
Actually, India wants to study the moon through Chandrayaan-3. He will remove the veil from all the mysteries related to the moon. Chandrayaan 3 will send pictures of the lunar surface. He will collect all the information related to the environment, minerals, soil etc. In 2008, when ISRO successfully launched India’s first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, it orbited the moon and discovered water molecules on the lunar surface.