LIVE telecast of Soft-landing begins at 17:20 Hrs. IST on August 23, 2023
August 23, 2023
‘I reached my destination and you too!’: Chandrayaan-3
Chandrayaan-3 has successfully soft-landed on the moon. Congratulations, India!
August 20, 2023
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
August 19, 2023
The Lander Module is in 113 km x 157 km orbit around the moon. Second de-boosting is planned for August 20, 2023
August 17, 2023
Lander Module is successfully separated from the Propulsion Module. Deboosting planned for August 18, 2023
August 16, 2023
The spacecraft is in an orbit of 153 km x 163 km after the firing on August 16, 2023
August 14, 2023
The mission is in the orbit circularisation phase. The spacecraft is in 151 km x 179 km orbit
August 09, 2023
Chandrayaan-3’s orbit is reduced to 174 km x 1437 km following a manuevre performed on August 9, 2023
August 06, 2023
LBN#2 is successfully completed. The spacecarft is in 170 km x 4313 km orbit around the moon
Chandrayaan-3 Video: The Moon, as viewed by Chandrayaan-3 during Lunar Orbit Insertion
August 05, 2023
Chandrayaan-3 is successfully inserted into the lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 164 km x 18074 km, as intended.
August 01, 2023
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.
July 25, 2023
Orbit-raising maneuver performed on July 25, 2023. Next firing (TransLunar Injection), is planned for August 1, 2023.
July 22, 2023
The fourth orbit-raising maneuver (Earth-bound perigee firing) is completed. The spacecraft is now in a 71351 km x 233 km orbit.
July 17, 2023
The second orbit-raising maneuver performed. The spacecraft is now in 41603 km x 226 km orbit.
July 15, 2023
The first orbit-raising maneuver (Earthbound firing-1) is successfully performed at ISTRAC/ISRO, Bengaluru. Spacecraft is now in 41762 km x 173 km orbit.
July 14, 2023
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.
July 11, 2023
The ‘Launch Rehearsal’ simulating the entire launch preparation and process lasting 24 hours has been concluded.
July 07, 2023
Vehicle electrical tests completed. Citizens are invited to witness the launch from the Launch View Gallery at SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota, by registering at here
July 06, 2023
The launch is scheduled for July 14, 2023, at 14:35 Hrs. IST from the Second Launch Pad, SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota.
When will the live broadcast start?
The live broadcast will commence at 5:20 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) on August 23, 2023.
How can I watch the live broadcast?
The live broadcast will be telecasted on Doordarshan (DD National). It will also be streamed live on ISRO’s website and social media handles like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc.
What is the objective of the Chandrayaan-3 mission?
The objective of Chandrayaan-3 is to demonstrate India’s ability to soft land on the lunar surface. The lander will carry lunar rovers to explore the surface of the Moon. Some of the scientific payloads onboard aim to study the lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signs of water molecules on the Moon.
What will happen during the soft landing sequence?
During the live broadcast, viewers will be able to watch the descent and soft landing maneuvers of the Vikram lander module as it attempts to lower itself on the lunar south polar region. The commentary will explain each step of the precise braking process involving firing of rockets to minimize landing speed for a safe touchdown on the lunar surface.
What if the soft landing is not successful?
Space missions have inherent risks and uncertainty. While ISRO will make its best efforts for a successful soft landing, there is a possibility it may not be achieved. In such a scenario, the live broadcast may be concluded without a confirmed landing. ISRO will analyze telemetry data and make announcements on the outcome later.