19 Aug 2023

Chandrayaan-3 Inches Closer To Moon, Next Deboosting On August 20

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has shared latest updates on its historic mission Chandrayaan-3 as the spacecraft inches closer to the Moon gradually. Chandrayaan-3 will make its first soft-landing attempt to the Moon's south pole region on 23 August. 

At present, the Lander module of Chandrayaan-3, comprising Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, after a successful deboosting, reduced their orbit to 113 km x 157 km.  This means the minimum distance of Vikram Lander from the Moon is 113 Km and the maximum distance is 157 Km.

Next deboosting  scheduled for August 20 around 2 PM

The next deboosting operation is scheduled for August 20, 2023, around 2 PM. Chandrayaan-3's Vikram will bring the lander closer to the Moon through deboosting. Deboosting means slowing down the speed of the spacecraft. After this operation, the lander is expected to have a minimum distance of 30 km and a maximum distance of 100 km from the Moon.

Soft landing will be attempted at 5:47 pm on August 23 from the shortest distance.

ISRO had reduced the orbit of the lander through deboosting on 18 August. In deboosting, the thrusters are fired in the opposite direction to the vehicle's travel direction.

The landing process will start from an altitude of 30 km. The speed of the lander has to be brought down from 1680 meters per second to 2 meters per second.

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