A day after Chandrayaan-3 entered the lunar orbit, the ISRO on Sunday released a video of the Moon ‘as viewed by Chandrayaan-3’.
The space agency put out the video with a caption “Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The Moon, as viewed by Chandrayaan-3 during Lunar Orbit Insertion”.
The video showed the Moon in bluish green colour with many craters.
The video was released hours before the second major manoeuvre which is to take place on late Sunday night.
India’s third unmanned Moon mission Chandrayaan-3 on Saturday successfully entered the lunar orbit, 22 days after it was launched for a far more complicated 41-day voyage to reach the lunar south pole where no other nation has gone before.
“I am feeling lunar gravity,” was Chandrayaan-3’s message to the ISRO after the required maneuver that brought it closer to the moon was carried out without any glitch from the space facility in Bengaluru. The injection into the lunar orbit marked a major milestone in the space agency’s ambitious Rs 600 crore mission.
The next operation–reduction of orbit–will be done at 11 PM on Sunday, the ISRO said in a tweet.
After the Sunday maneuver tomorrow, there will be three more operations till August 17 following which the Landing Module Vikram carrying the rover Pragyan inside will break away from the Propulsion Module. After this, de-orbiting maneuvers will be carried on the lander before the final powered descent on the moon.