Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday gave an update on the mission, saying that Chandrayaan-3 is moving closer to the lunar orbit and will gradually descend to the lunar surface from where it will attempt a soft landing on August 23.
“After escaping Earth’s orbit, it will move into the Moon’s orbit (after being pulled by its gravity) and gradually descend to its surface… After reaching orbit around the first week of August… it will scan the environment to assess which part of the lunar surface’s south pole is suitable for Earth.
India’s third lunar mission, launched on July 14, successfully completed its fourth orbit-raising maneuver on Thursday and will attempt its next orbit-raising maneuver on July 25 between 2 and 3 pm. ISRO conducts a series of orbit raising operations to gradually move the spacecraft to higher and higher orbits before it starts moving directly towards the Moon. It will then gradually descend into lower and lower orbits around the Moon. This process will continue until it reaches a circular orbit about 100 km from the lunar surface, from where it will attempt a final descent, aiming for a soft landing on August 23.
ISRO Chairman S. Somnath said.
Follow-up to Chandrayaan-2
The mission comes nearly four years after Chandrayaan-2 failed to make a soft landing on the lunar surface in September 2019.
A successful soft landing of this mission will make India the fourth country to do so after the United States, the former Soviet Union and China.