The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 mission LVM3 rocket was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2.35 PM IST on Thursday, July 14. The lander will take nearly 42 days to complete its journey to the moon.

The spacecraft has successfully taken off from Earth and is now in orbit around the planet in its journey towards the Moon. It has many critical events lined up, including earth-bound manoeuvres, insertion into the lunar orbit, separation of the lander, a set of deboost manoeuvres and a power descent phase for a soft landing, according to P Veeramuthuvel, project director of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft.