Chandrayaan-3 gets closer to the Moon’s surface

Bengaluru: India’s ambitious third Moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-3’ spacecraft successfully underwent another orbit reduction maneuver on Wednesday, bringing it even closer to the Moon’s surface, ISRO said.

Post its launch on July 14, Chandrayaan-3 entered into lunar orbit on August 5.

“Even closer to the moon’s surface. Chandrayaan-3’s orbit is reduced to 174 km x 1437 km following a maneuver performed today,” ISRO said in a tweet.

The next operation is scheduled for August 14, 2023, between 11:30 and 12:30 hrs, it said.

As the mission progresses, a series of maneuvers is being conducted by ISRO to gradually reduce Chandrayaan-3’s orbit and position it over the lunar poles.