ISRO shares fresh images of Moon taken by Chandrayaan-3

Amid the countdown to the touchdown, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has shared some fresh images of the Moon which have been taken by Chandrayaan-3 lander.

ISRO shares fresh images of Moon taken by Chandrayaan-3. Photo Courtesy: ISRO X page video grab

The lander has identified some of the craters on its far side facing away from the Earth.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday announced that the soft landing of the third Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-3 will take place at 1804 hrs on Aug 23.

The Indian space agency announced that the powered descent for soft landing will take place at 1745 hrs.

"Chandrayaan-3 is set to land on the moon on August 23, 2023, around 18:04 Hrs. IST," read a tweet posted by the space agency.

"Thanks for the wishes and positivity!" it said.

"Let’s continue experiencing the journey together with live action in ISRO Website, YouTube, Facebook and DD National TV from 1727 hrs on Aug 23, 2023," ISRO said in the tweet.

ISRO said the second deboosting operation was done at 0200 hrs early on Sunday morning and the LM would await sunrise at the designated landing site and the powered descent would commence on August 23.

After Sunday's crucial manoeuvre, the spacecraft was now located at about 25 km x 134 km.

In a social media post, ISRO, in an update on Chandrayaan-3 Mission, said the second and final deboosting operation has successfully reduced the LM orbit to 25 km x 134 km.

"The module would undergo internal checks and await the sun-rise at the designated landing site," ISRO said.