Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Africa coincided with the successful landing of India's Chandrayaan 3 on the south pole of the moon. A photo emerged of PM Modi reading a South African newspaper with the headline "India's Modi out of this world" and "Prime Minister Modi toasted after historic outer space mission." World leaders congratulated India and PM Modi for the achievement, and he thanked them on Twitter for their wishes. PM Modi also called the Isro chief to congratulate him and his team.
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The lander and rover landed near the lunar south pole region on 23 August 2023 around 5:45 pm IST and touchdown occurred on the same day around 6:04 pm IST, making India the first nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the Lunar south pole.
The Lander Module is in 25 km x 134 km orbit. Powered descent is expected to commence on August 23, 2023, around 1745 Hrs. IST
The Lander Module is in 113 km x 157 km orbit around the moon. Second de-boosting is planned for August 20, 2023
Lander Module is successfully separated from the Propulsion Module. Deboosting planned for August 18, 2023
The spacecraft is in an orbit of 153 km x 163 km after the firing on August 16, 2023
The mission is in the orbit circularisation phase. The spacecraft is in 151 km x 179 km orbit
Chandrayaan-3's orbit is reduced to 174 km x 1437 km following a maneuver performed on August 9, 2023
LBN#2 is successfully completed. The spacecraft is in 170 km x 4313 km orbit around the moon
Chandrayaan-3 is successfully inserted into lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 164 km x 18074 km, as intended.
The spacecraft is inserted into the translunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 288 km x 369328 km. Lunar-Orbit Insertion (LOI) is planned for Aug 5, 2023.
Orbit-raising maneuver performed on July 25, 2023. Next firing (TransLunar Injection), is planned for August 1, 2023.
The fourth orbit-raising maneuver (Earth-bound perigee firing) is completed. The spacecraft is now in a 71351 km x 233 km orbit.
The second orbit-raising maneuver performed. The spacecraft is now in 41603 km x 226 km orbit.
The first orbit-raising maneuver (Earthbound firing-1) was successfully performed at ISTRAC/ISRO, Bengaluru. Spacecraft is now in 41762 km x 173 km orbit.
LVM3 M4 vehicle successfully launched Chandrayaan-3 into orbit. Chandrayaan-3, in its precise orbit, has begun its journey to the Moon. Health of the Spacecraft is normal.
The 'Launch Rehearsal' simulating the entire launch preparation and process lasting 24 hours has been concluded.
Vehicle electrical tests completed. Citizens are invited to witness the launch from the Launch View Gallery at SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota, by registering at here
The launch is scheduled for July 14, 2023, at 14:35 Hrs. IST from the Second Launch Pad, SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota.
Chandrayaan is India's renowned lunar exploration program, managed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Launched in 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was the program's inaugural mission. It achieved a significant milestone by detecting water molecules on the Moon's surface, altering previous assumptions about its composition. Chandrayaan-2, launched in 2019, featured an orbiter, lander, and rover. While the orbiter continues to study the Moon's surface and composition, the lander's attempted soft landing faced challenges and communication loss during descent, leading to the rover's inability to fully operate. Despite the setback, the orbiter has been operational and continues to send valuable data back to Earth even after nearly four years since the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Chandrayaan-3 -- consisting of an indigenous lander module, a propulsion module and a rover -- is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2. Its objective is to demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and roving on the lunar surface and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments. The Chandrayaan program underscores India's growing capabilities in space technology and exploration. Having earned global recognition for its achievements and contributions to lunar research, future missions under the Chandrayaan program are anticipated to yield further insights into the Moon's mysteries and evolution.