LIVE updates on Chandrayaan 3: Vikram Lander, which was carrying Pragyan rover, successfully completed the first deboosting maneuver. On August 23, a landing attempt will be made.
On Friday, India’s ongoing third lunar mission made another crucial step toward a gentle landing on the Moon’s south pole scheduled for August 23. The Lander Module, which included the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover, successfully decreased its orbit to 113 km x 157 km in Chandrayaan 3.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-3’s Lander Module successfully completed a deboosting (slowing down) procedure that brought it closer to the Moon, and that its health is normal. The Lander Module, which includes the lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan), will undertake its second deboosting operation on August 20 in order to be lowered to a much closer orbit to the Moon’s surface. The soft landing on the Moon’s south pole is set for August 23.
ISRO released films acquired by Chandrayaan 3’s Vikram lander’s Lander on Friday. Moon craters can be seen in one film taken by the Lander Position Detection Camera (LPDC) on August 15, when it was mounted to the propulsion module. Earth can be seen briefly in another film obtained by Lander Imager (LI) Camera-1.