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In a historic and pivotal moment for India’s space exploration endeavors, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a significant milestone today with the successful completion of the second and final de-boosting operation for Chandrayaan-3, the nation’s ambitious lunar mission. This remarkable achievement brings India one step closer to a momentous lunar landing, scheduled for Wednesday, as scientists and space enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the spacecraft’s descent to the lunar surface. In this update, we delve into the latest developments of Chandrayaan-3, highlighting the meticulous preparations that have led to this critical phase of the mission.

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Vikram, the lunar lander of India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission, has successfully maneuvered itself into a unique orbit around the Moon. This orbit is characterized by its remarkable proximity, with the closest point to the lunar surface being a mere 25 kilometers, while the farthest point extends to 134 kilometers. It is from this carefully selected orbital position that Vikram will embark on its daring mission to attempt a soft landing in the uncharted and intriguing south polar region of the Moon this coming Wednesday, as officially announced by the ISRO.

Chandrayaan-3 Mission:

🌖 as captured by the
Lander Position Detection Camera (LPDC)
on August 15, 2023#Chandrayaan_3#Ch3 pic.twitter.com/nGgayU1QUS

— ISRO (@isro) August 18, 2023

In a remarkable demonstration of autonomous navigation, the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-3 has been gracefully descending within the Moon’s orbit. Employing its automated systems, Vikram has been independently determining the most effective approach to execute its designated functions.

In a significant event last Friday, during the initial de-boosting operation, K Sivan, the former head of ISRO, revealed to NDTV that the design of the Chandrayaan-3 lander remains consistent with the one employed during the preceding Chandrayaan-2 mission. This continuity in design underscores ISRO’s dedication to refining and enhancing its lunar exploration endeavors.

India is on the brink of a monumental achievement, poised to become only the fourth nation in history to accomplish a triumphant landing on the lunar surface. The significance of this potential feat cannot be overstated.

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In a recent development on Thursday, a pivotal milestone was reached as the lander module of the mission detached itself from the propulsion module that had shepherded it on its journey from Earth. With this separation, the propulsion module assumes a new mission: it will remain in orbit around our planet for an extended duration, possibly spanning months or even years. During its extended orbital sojourn, it will conduct an array of vital scientific investigations.

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