The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) released pictures of the moon’s far side taken on August 19 on Monday.

Update about Chandrayaan-3: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday released photos of the moon taken on August 19 by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC) mounted on Chandrayaan-3, while the world waits for the most momentous event to occur.

The Vikram Lander Module of Chandrayaan-3 successfully completed its second and final deboosting on Sunday, bringing the orbit of the Lander Module down to 25 km by 134 km. The powered descent is anticipated to start on August 23, 2023, at about 6:04 p.m., according to the space agency.

Earlier on August 18, at 4 PM, the Vikram Lander successfully finished its initial deboosting operation, bringing the module’s orbit down to 113 km x 157 km. “The health of the Lander Module (LM) is normal. Deboosting was successfully completed on LM, resulting in a 113 km by 157 km orbit. On August 20, 2023, at around 2:00 a.m., the second deboosting operation was planned, according to a tweet from ISRO on X (previously Twitter).

A video of the view from the Lander Imager (LI) Camera-1 was also posted online by ISRO on August 18. On August 17, the Lander Module detachment from the Main Module was captured on camera.

India’s third lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-3, was successfully launched on July 14 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra, praised Chandrayaan-3 on Sunday and shared an ISRO post on X, writing, “August 23. 1745 IST. I’m going to watch. Praying. And supporting you.”

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, later verified that their Luna-25 mission had actually touched down on the Moon. This took place the day before it was scheduled to land on the lunar south pole. August 10 saw the launch of Luna-25, and August 16 saw it enter lunar orbit. The soft landing of Luna-25 was scheduled for August 21.