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Chandrayaan-3 shares first Pic of moon: What next?

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Shillong, Aug 7: The first visuals of the moon captured by the spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 was shared by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday. In the series of photographs, as captured by Chandrayaan-3 as it passed by the earth’s sole natural satellite, clearly shows the surface of the Moon from different angles.

In the video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), the spacecraft is seen capturing the  moon during Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) on Saturday (August 5).

According to the details shared on the ISRO’s website, it says that the spacecraft is in 170 km x 4313 km orbit around the moon.

The spacecraft entered the lunar orbit on Sunday. Chandrayaan-3 entered a translunar orbit after completing several Earth orbits since it was launched on July 14.

What will Chandrayaan-3 do next?
Chandrayaan-3 in weeks to come, will go around the moon and reduce its velocity in orbit preparing for a soft landing on Earth’s only natural satellite and will continue until it reaches a circular orbit of 100 kilometres.
What’s next on moon?

ISRO Chairman Sreedhara Panicker Somanath said that the “Landing will be on August 23 or 24, as we want the landing to happen when the sun rises on the moon, so we get 14 to 15 days to work.” “If landing cannot happen on these two dates, we’ll wait for another month and land in September.

Only after completing the mission successfully, India will become the fourth country to achieve a lunar soft landing, after United States, the former Soviet Union, and China.

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