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Top ISRO officials receive warm welcome in capital after Chandrayaan-3 launch

July 15, 2023 08:15 pm | Updated 08:16 pm IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

VSSC director S. Unnikrishnan Nair and senior ISRO officials being received at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday.

VSSC director S. Unnikrishnan Nair and senior ISRO officials being received at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going ahead with plans for soft-landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lander on the lunar surface on the evening of August 23, S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), said here on Saturday.

Senior ISRO officials including Dr. Unnikrishnan Nair, Chandrayaan - 3 Mission Director S. Mohana Kumar, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre director V. Narayanan, and ISRO Inertial Systems Unit director Padmakumar E.S. arrived in Thiruvananthapuram after Friday’s successful launch of the Chandrayaan-3 M4/LVM3 Mission.

They were warmly received at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. ‘’We were able to place the spacecraft precisely on the intended orbit. In the days ahead, the thrusters will be used to raise it, increasing its distance from the earth,’‘ Mr. Unnikrishnan Nair said. The translunar injection is planned for July 31-August 1, he said.

If things go as planned, the lander on Chandrayaan-3 will be ready for soft landing on the lunar surface on the evening of August 23.

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