Chandrayaan 3: ISRO spacecraft one step closer to Moon

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India launched its ambitious third lunar mission Chandrayaan 3 on July 14, 2023, eyeing a rare feat in moon exploration after the US, China and the former Soviet Union (Russia).

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) third lunar expedition in 15 years, the hugely anticipated Chandrayaan 3 embarked on its month-long journey towards the moon, piggybacking ISRO’s latest heavy lift launch vehicle, ‘Fat boy’ LVM3-M4 from Sriharikota.


The LVM-3, the country’s heavy rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ carried the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft and put the moon spacecraft into orbit on Friday afternoon.
If everything goes normal then landing on the moon is expected on August 23rd at around 5.47pm IST, says ISRO chief S Somanath on Chandrayaan-3.

The maneuver, known as Earth-bound perigee firing, was carried out from the Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru. This achievement propels Chandrayaan-3 closer to its ultimate destination – the Moon. The next firing is scheduled for July 25, 2023, between 2 and 3 pm IST, as part of the ongoing mission operations.



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