Chandrayaan-3 Prepares to Detach Lander as Luna-25 Enters Lunar Orbit

  • Russian lunar mission Luna-25 has entered lunar orbit and aims for a soft landing between August 21 and 23, potentially overtaking Chandrayaan-3’s planned touchdown on August 23.
  • Chandrayaan-3 has performed its fifth and final orbit manoeuvre, preparing for the separation of its lander module before its expected lunar south pole landing.
  • Luna-25’s excess fuel and leaner lift-off mass give it an advantage over Chandrayaan-3 in pursuing a direct trajectory towards the Moon.
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