On Saturday, over a month after its launch, India's third moon mission, Chandrayaan-3, was successfully put into lunar orbit, according to the ISRO.
The necessary movement was carried out from an ISRO facility in Bengaluru. "Chandrayaan-3 was successfully launched into lunar orbit." "From the Mission Operations Complex (MOX), ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network), Bengaluru, a retro-burning at the Perilune was commanded," the agency stated in a tweet.
Perilune is the nearest point of the spaceship to the moon. According to reports, the orbit decrease, will take place around 11 p.m. on Sunday.
The lander Vikram and rover Pragyaan of Chandrayaan-3 are expected to settle on the Moon on August 23. Notably, the current mission's landing spot is similar to that of Chandrayaan-2: near the moon's south pole at 70 degrees latitude. If all goes well, the Chandrayaan-3 mission will be the world's first to soft-land near the lunar south pole.
The satellite communicated to its command centres, saying, "MOX, ISTRAC, this is Chandrayaan-3." "I'm experiencing lunar gravity."
After approaching the moon, the spacecraft must grab lunar gravity, post which a series of manoeuvres will lower the spacecraft's orbit to a circular one of 100100 kilometres.
The lander and rover have a one-day mission life on the Moon, each Lunar day and night being 14 earth days. Survival of the drop at harsh lunar nights is tough so the spaceship will land at dawn.