Chandrayaan-3 has been launched by ISRO eleven days ago. The mission has been launched into the space from Sri Hari Kota. Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has been orbiting around Earth before it is fired into TransLunar Injection. The spacecraft has completed fifth and final earth orbit raising manoeuvre. Chandrayaan-3 is expected to be on Translunar Injection on 1st August.
ISRO has released the official information about the manoeuvre. They have stated that through ISTRAC in Bengaluru, they have performed Earth-bound perigee firing. Which means it has entered into the final orbit successfully. ISRO stated, “The Chandrayaan-3 mission orbit-raising maneuver (Earth-bound perigee firing) is performed successfully from ISTRAC/ISRO, Bengaluru. The spacecraft is expected to attain an orbit of 127609 km x 236 km. The achieved orbit will be confirmed after the observations. The next firing, the TransLunar Injection (TLI), is planned for August 1, 2023, between 12 midnight and 1 am IST.”
After this Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft will start flying in space towards Moon on 1st August. TransLunar Injection will put it on the path to reach Moon. Once it enters close enough to Moon, the gravity of our satellite, will put in Lunar Orbits. ISRO will track the spacecraft health and look into the possibilities and probablities to soft land on South Pole of Moon. This is the major objective of this mission. Once it is completed and lands safely, Chandrayaan-3 will investigate for ice caps and minerals located near the South pole. No space lunar mission from any other country has been able to fulfil this objective. Hence, entire world is looking at Chandrayaan-3 with bated breath.
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