Chandrayaan-3 successfully completed its fifth and final Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre on July 25, marking a crucial phase of the spacecraft's lunar trajectory. Now, India's third lunar mission is on course for its journey towards the Moon's south pole, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
On Tuesday, July 25, between 2 and 3 pm, the Chandrayaan-3 successfully completed the fifth orbit-raising manoeuvre, after performing the fourth on July 20. The manoeuvre was performed from the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru.
The spacecraft is expected to attain an orbit of 127609 km by 236 km. The next firing, the TransLunar Injection (TLI), is planned for August 1, between midnight and 1 am, ISRO tweeted.
Chandrayaan-3: Fourth orbit-raising manoeuvring conducted last week
Meanwhile, the fourth orbit-raising manoeuvre (Earth-bound perigee firing) of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was successfully conducted on last Thursday.
Following it, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said India celebrates the International Moon Day 2023 by propelling Chandrayaan-3 a step closer to the Moon."...craft is on way to the Moon. In another few days it will go (the lander will soft-land on the Lunar surface)," ISRO Chairman Somanath S said earlier in the day while delivering the inaugural address to the Space Science Technology & AwaReness Training (START) programme 2023
"I am sure that you will find something very substantial through this (Chandrayaan-3) mission as far as science is concerned," he said.
On July 14, the Chandrayaan-3 spaceship lifted off from the launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The moon mission is expected to reach the Moon’s South Pole for a soft landing with a lander and rover on the lunar surface (where water is expected) by August 23-24. By doing so, India would join the group of elite nations (United States, Russia and China) that had achieved the feat.