The Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) on August 5, 2023 at 19:12 IST. The insertion was carried out by retro-burning at the Perilune for 1835 seconds, resulting in an orbit of 164 km x 18074 km. This is a major milestone for the mission, and it paves the way for the lander and rover to be deployed on the lunar surface.
The next major milestone for the mission is the Lander Separation (LS) maneuver, which is scheduled to take place on August 17, 2023. During this maneuver, the lander will be separated from the Orbiter and will begin its descent to the lunar surface. The rover will then be deployed from the lander and will begin its exploration of the lunar surface.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a major step forward for India’s space program. It is the first time that India has successfully landed a spacecraft on the lunar surface, and it will provide valuable insights into the lunar environment. The mission is also expected to help India to develop its own indigenous space technologies.
Here are some other updates on the Chandrayaan-3 mission:
- The lander and rover have been checked and tested, and they are ready for deployment.
- The ground stations in India and around the world have been calibrated and are ready to receive data from the spacecraft.
- The weather conditions on the moon are favorable for the mission.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a historic event for India, and it is expected to make a significant contribution to the field of space exploration. ISRO is confident that the mission will be a success, and it is looking forward to sharing the results with the world.