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Chandrayaan-3's Lander Vikram Set to Separate as Moon Landing Nears

  • Posted on August 17, 2023
  • News
  • By Ishna
Chandrayaan-3's Lander Vikram

In a remarkable stride toward India's space exploration ambitions, the Chandrayaan-3 mission, spearheaded by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), continues progressing significantly. The latest update brings news of the successful completion of its fifth and final lunar-bound orbit maneuver. As the mission edges closer to its lunar landing date, Chandrayaan-3 is all set to reach new milestones.

Launched on July 14 via the powerful LVM3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Chandrayaan-3 embarked on its ambitious quest. It entered lunar orbit on August 5, setting the stage for an anticipated landing on the Moon's surface on August 23.

Yesterday's triumphant achievement saw ISRO successfully position the spacecraft into a circular orbit measuring 153 kilometers by 163 kilometers around the Moon. This crucial maneuver concludes the series of lunar-bound operations and signifies a pivotal moment in the mission's progression.

As the lunar-bound maneuvers close, the focus now shifts to the impending separation of the Vikram lander from the spacecraft's propulsion module. The lander, bearing the name Vikram, is scheduled to detach in preparation for its subsequent journey toward the Moon's surface.

Chandrayaan-3's Lander Vikram Set to Separate as Moon Landing Nears
Chandrayaan-3's Lander Vikram Set to Separate as Moon Landing Nears

Upon the anticipated landing on August 23, Vikram will undertake a delicate soft-landing attempt to establish a significant presence on the lunar landscape. Following a successful landing, Vikram will play a key role in capturing visuals of the Pragyaan rover.

The Pragyaan rover, a vital component of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, is equipped with advanced instruments designed to study seismic activity on the lunar surface. Upon its landing, Pragyaan will utilize its laser beams to interact with the lunar regolith, causing it to melt. This process will facilitate the analysis of emitted gases, enabling scientists to glean essential insights into the Moon's composition and geophysical characteristics.

As the mission progresses, the global space community watches with anticipation as India's Chandrayaan-3 continues its journey toward groundbreaking achievements in lunar exploration.

India's Chandrayaan-3 mission achieves successful lunar manoeuvres, with lander Vikram ready to detach. Get updates on the upcoming Moon landing and rover Pragyaan's seismic studies.
India's Chandrayaan-3 mission achieves successful lunar manoeuvres, with lander Vikram ready to detach. Get updates on the upcoming Moon landing and rover Pragyaan's seismic studies.

In a statement posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, ISRO expressed, "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 maneuvers are completed. It's time for preparations as the Propulsion Module and the Lander Module gear up for their separate journeys."

India's Chandrayaan-3 mission is a testament to the nation's scientific prowess and commitment to space exploration. With successful lunar maneuvers completed, the mission now approaches the pivotal moment of Vikram lander's separation and the Pragyaan rover's intricate scientific endeavor. As the August 23 landing date approaches, the global community eagerly anticipates the insights and discoveries this ambitious mission will unlock on the Moon's enigmatic surface.

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