This is Chandrayaan-3. ‘I am feeling lunar gravity,’-ISRO

Chandrayaan-3, the latest installment in India’s lunar exploration efforts as part of the Chandrayaan program by ISRO, involves a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan, akin to Chandrayaan-2.

The mission’s propulsion module functions as an orbiter and transports the lander and rover setup until the spacecraft reaches a lunar orbit about 100 kilometers in distance.

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In response to the setback during Chandrayaan-2, where an issue with the landing guidance software caused the lander to crash after entering lunar orbit, plans were put forth for another lunar mission.

The launch of Chandrayaan-3 occurred on July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).

Anticipated to touch down near the lunar south pole region on August 23, 2023, the powered descent is scheduled for approximately 05:45 pm IST, with the expected touchdown around 06:05 pm IST on the same day.

Launch of CHANDRAYAAN -3:-

As planned, Chandrayaan-3 was launched on July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm IST from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre Second Launch Pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India.

On August 5, 2023, the spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit.

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The mission’s objective is to achieve a gentle landing on the lunar South Pole region on August 23, 2023.

The decision to launch Chandrayaan-3 in July was strategic, based on calculations made by ISRO regarding the optimal proximity of Earth and Moon during that time.

On August 5, the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully performed a Lunar-Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver, effectively placing the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into lunar orbit.

This operation was conducted from the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC) located in Bengaluru.

Following a series of Lunar Bound Maneuvers, the Vikram lander, on August 17, separated from the propulsion module, commencing its independent journey towards the lunar surface.


  • ISRO Chairperson: S. Somanath[8]
  • Mission Director: S. Mohanakumar
  • Associate Mission Director: G. Narayanan
  • Project Director – P Veeramuthuvel
  • Vehicle Director: Biju C Thomas[46]












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