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Countdown for Landing begins: Chandrayaan-3 lander completes final deboosting op; descent expected to begin on August 23

Source : The Indian Express

Countdown for Landing begins: Chandrayaan-3 lander completes final deboosting op; descent expected to begin on August 23
“The powered descent is expected to commence on August 23, 2023, around 1745 Hrs IST,” ISRO said. (Photo: ISRO/ Twitter)

Countdown for Landing begins: Chandrayaan-3 lander completes final deboosting op; descent expected to begin on August 23

The final deboosting operation of the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Lander Module (LM) reduced the module’s orbit, drawing the moon within its reach, the Indian Space Research Organisation indicated on Sunday. The national space agency added that the LM would now undergo internal checks.

“The powered descent is expected to commence on August 23, 2023, around 1745 Hrs IST,” ISRO stated over Twitter.


Union Minister Jitendra Singh, meanwhile, announced, “Prepare for landing! Countdown begins… as destination Moon draws just within reach”.


Meanwhile, Russia’s Luna 25 spacecraft, which was expected to reach the moon between August 21 and 23, suffered a technical glitch during a pre-landing manoeuvre on Saturday. “During the operation, an abnormal situation occurred on board the automatic station, which did not allow the maneuver to be performed with the specified parameters,” Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, said in a Telegram post. It did not specify if the incident will prevent the spacecraft from landing on the moon.

Both Russia and India aim to become the first country to land on the moon’s South Pole. Chandrayaan-3 is India’s second attempt at carrying out a “soft landing” on the lunar surface, after Chandrayaan-2 crashed during the final landing manoeuvre.

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