Chandrayaan-3 reached its final stage today before reaching the Moon.
Chandrayaan-3 has continuously raised its orbit around the Earth.
ISRO said that it is ready for its last journey.
New Delhi: India’s ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 has completed its final phase before reaching the moon. It has carried out its final orbit-raising procedure today. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that now that it is over, the spacecraft will align itself to enter the Moon.
Let us tell you that Chandrayaan-3, launched on July 14, is continuously raising its orbit around the Earth, and has got ready for its last journey. The 3,900 kg Chandrayaan payload comprises a lander, rover and a propulsion module, which will remain integrated until it reaches a 100 km polar orbit around the Moon. The rover will be in complete communication with the lander during the mission.
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This mission holds significant importance for future interplanetary endeavours. Dr. Sita, the lead scientist who played a key role in the success of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mangalyaan, says, ‘Safe landing is important for upcoming interplanetary missions. With grand plans for the Moon, India aims to be well prepared.
During its mission life of 14 Earth days, equivalent to one lunar day, the spacecraft will conduct several in-situ experiments. It will probe thermal properties near the Moon’s polar region, measure seismic activity and attempt to understand the dynamics of the lunar system.
Mission end and scientific objectives
The journey from Earth to Moon is estimated to take about a month. The landing is currently scheduled for August 23-24, with possible adjustments based on moonrise. If the need arises, ISRO will consider rescheduling the landing for September. Former chairman of ISRO K. This landing phase has been referred to by Sivan as the ’15 minutes of terror’, making it a critical moment for the success of the mission.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 25, 2023, 15:20 IST