Earlier it was reported that the Indian space station “Chandrayan-3” (Chandrayaan-3) approached the moon and entered an almost circular orbit around the Earth’s satellite. Now, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced the successful separation of the lander from the flight module. Landing on the lunar surface is scheduled for August 23.
“Thanks for the trip, mate,” ISRO said in a message on the official X social network account, which accompanied the news of the successful completion of the next stage of the mission.
The lander will cover the rest of the way on its own. Further approach to the Moon involves the implementation of two maneuvers. At the first stage, the module must enter a circular orbit of 100 × 100 km. After that, the orbit will be reduced to 100 × 30 km. At the final stage, the implementation of which will begin on August 23, the module will begin the main part of the descent, which should end with a soft landing on the lunar surface.
Recall that the Chandrayan-3 mission, worth 6 billion Indian rupees (about $73 million), was launched on July 14. The interplanetary station reached the lunar orbit on August 5. The previous attempt by ISRO to land the Chandrayaan-2 station on the surface of the Moon, which was carried out in 2019, ended in failure directly during the landing.
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