Chandrayaan 3: Successful First Orbit-Raising, Normal Health – ISRO

Chandrayaan 3 Mission: Live Updates

The health of the spacecraft is “normal,” according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s update on the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Chandrayaan-3 is currently in orbit, ranging from a closest distance of 173 kilometers to a farthest distance of 41,762 kilometers from Earth. The first orbit-raising maneuver, Earthbound firing-1, was successfully executed at ISTRAC/ISRO in Bengaluru. ISRO confirmed this in a statement on their Twitter handle on Saturday night. The mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2:35 PM IST on Thursday, July 14. It will take approximately 42 days for the lander to complete its journey to the moon.

If ISRO successfully accomplishes this mission, India will join an exclusive group of only three other countries that have achieved a soft landing on the Moon: the United States, the former Soviet Union, and most recently, China. The United States and the Soviet Union experienced several spacecraft crashes before successfully landing on the Moon. China became the first country to succeed in their initial attempt with the Chang’e-3 mission in 2013.


The Chandrayaan-3 mission by ISRO is progressing well, with the spacecraft in a normal condition and successfully completing its first orbit-raising maneuver. If successful, India will join a select group of countries that have achieved a soft landing on the Moon. China stands out as the only country to have accomplished this feat on their first attempt.

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