Sriharikota, Aug 17: After successful maneuvers on Wednesday, the Vikram lander module of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is all set to separate from the propulsion module today, marking a milestone in India's third lunar mission.
“Separation of the lander module (Vikram) from the propulsion module is planned for August 17, 2023,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted.
It has been a month and three days since the Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Chandrayaan-3 mission on July 14.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft comprises a propulsion module (weighing 2,148 kg), a lander (1,723.89 kg), and a rover (26 kg).
The main purpose of India’s third moon mission is to land the lander softly on the moon.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission failed as the lander called Vikram crashed onto the moon.
According to the ISRO, the lander is expected to make a soft landing near the South Pole of the moon on August 23 at 5.47 p.m.