The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday achieved yet another historic feat as Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft successfully entered the Moon’s orbit post 7pm IST. The spacecraft’s lander is expected to touch down on Moon’s surface on August 23.
The manoeuvre was performed at point when Chandrayaan-3’s orbit was closest to the Moon, ISRO said.
The space agency earlier said that the health of the spacecraft is normal and a soft-landing on the lunar surface would be attempted on August 23.
“MOX, ISTRAC, this is Chandrayaan-3. I am feeling lunar gravity,” ISRO tweeted after the entry.
“Chandrayaan-3 has been successfully inserted into the lunar orbit.
“A retro-burning at the Perilune was commanded from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX), ISTRAC, Bengaluru.
“The next operation – reduction of orbit – is scheduled for Aug 6, 2023, around 23:00 Hrs. IST,” ISRO further informed.