India is using rockets much less powerful than those used by the United States at the time, meaning the probe will have to circle Earth several times to gain momentum before embarking on its month-long lunar trajectory. Have to circumambulate.
The spacecraft’s lander, Vikram, which means “valor” in Sanskrit, separated from its propulsion module last week and has been sending pictures of the lunar surface since entering lunar orbit on August 5.
A day before the landing, ISRO said on social media that the landing was on schedule and that its mission control complex was “bubbling with energy and excitement”.
“Continuing smooth sailing,” the agency posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.