Vikram lander successfully lands on the moon, making India the fourth country to do so (Chandrayaan-3 live updates)

The difficult soft landing of the Lander Module will be supervised by the MOX at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru.

The Lander Module (LM) of Chandrayaan-3, the third lunar mission of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which was launched on July 14, has started its power descent. According to the space agency, the LM is moving in the intended direction toward the surface of the moon.

The initial deboosting operation by the ISRO, which decreased its orbit to 113 km x 157 km, was completed successfully on August 18. This was done the day after the lander module’s 34-day voyage to the Moon’s surface ended and it became independent from the propulsion module. The Lander Module underwent its final and second deebost on August 20 by the ISRO, shrinking it to a size of 25 km × 134 km.

Lander is in a 25 km by 134 km orbit with the Rover inside. The landing is scheduled on August 23 at 6:04 p.m. IST. Around 5.45 p.m., powered descent should start.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reported that the mission is proceeding according to plan a day before the vital soft landing of the Chandrayaan-3 Lander Module on the surface of the Moon. “The task is finishing on time. System inspections happen on a regular basis. Everything is still going smoothly. The ISRO said on the social networking site X (previously Twitter) that the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) was “buzzed with energy & excitement.”

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