Chandrayaan-3 Part Re-enters Earth

The cryogenic upper stage of the LVM3 M4 launch vehicle, which successfully placed the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into orbit on July 14 this year, experienced an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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ISRO stated that the likely impact point was over the North Pacific Ocean, and the final ground track did not cross over India. This rocket body was a component of the LVM-3 M4 launch vehicle.

The re-entry occurred at approximately 14:42 IST, within 124 days of its initial launch. ISRO highlighted that the post-mission orbital lifetime of the LVM3 M4 cryogenic upper stage adheres to the “25-year rule” for low-Earth orbit objects as recommended by the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC).

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