Chandrayaan 3 news live: What’s happened so far in India’s moon mission
Chandrayaan 3’s detailed timeline
July 6: ISRO announces Chandrayaan-3 mission to launch on July 14 from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota’s second launch pad.
July 7: All of the vehicle’s electrical tests completed successfully.
July 11th: The 24-hour ‘Debut Rehearsal’ was successfully performed.
July 14: ISRO’s LVM3 M4 launches Chandrayaan-3 into its intended orbit.
July 15: The mission’s first orbital lift maneuver was successful in Bengaluru. The spacecraft reached an orbit of 41762 km x 173 km.
July 17: Second orbital lift maneuver puts Chandrayaan-3 into an orbit measuring 41603 km x 226 km.
July 22: The fourth orbital lift exercise, a close-up shot, successfully placed the spacecraft into an orbit of 71351 km x 233 km.
July 25: Another orbital lift maneuver was successfully performed.
August 1: In a major milestone, Chandrayaan-3 enters a trans-Moon orbit with an orbit of 288 km x 369328 km.
August 5: The spacecraft enters lunar orbit at 164 km x 18074 km.
August 6: The spacecraft’s orbit is lowered to 170 km x 4,313 km around the Moon.
August 9: Another maneuver was performed to lower the spacecraft to 174 km x 1437 km.
August 14: The mission enters a 151 km x 179 km orbital spin phase.
August 16: The spacecraft enters an orbit of 153 km x 163 km after launch.
August 17: The amphibious module, consisting of the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover, is detached from its propulsion system.
August 18: The spacecraft successfully completed a ‘deactivation’ operation reducing its orbit to 113 km x 157 km. Deboosting is the process of slowing down its own position in orbit where the closest point of the orbit to the Moon (Perilune) is 30 km and the furthest point (Apolune) is 100 km.
August 20: Chandrayaan-3 performs its second and final deceleration operation and reduces the LM orbit to 25 km x 134 km.
August 23: If all goes well and according to plan, the spacecraft will land on the surface of the Moon.