The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully completed the deboosting maneuver with the Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander at 4 pm bring it in a much tighter, and closer orbit around the Moon.

Isro said that the health of the Vikram lander is normal.

This critical step brings the spacecraft closer to its planned soft landing on the Moon’s south polar region, scheduled for August 23.The Vikram lander, named after Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program, was launched into space by the LVM3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14. It entered lunar orbit on August 5 and successfully separated from its propulsion module on August 17.