The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a significant milestone as it successfully raised the orbit of the Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft. Through an Earth-bound firing manoeuvre, the spacecraft was elevated to an orbit ranging from 173 km to 41,782 km above the Earth’s surface.
ISRO sources have confirmed that the health of the spacecraft is normal following the orbit raising manoeuvre. Over the course of the next 42 days, three additional orbit-raising manoeuvres are planned, scheduled for the 18th, 20th, and 25th of July.
On the night of the 31st of July and the 1st of August, the spacecraft will begin its journey towards the Moon, marking the end of Earth-bound manoeuvres and the commencement of the trans-lunar injection. Subsequently, the spacecraft will be captured by the Moon, with the propulsion module entering a 100 km lunar orbit.
The much-anticipated soft landing of the lander and the deployment of the rover are scheduled to occur on the 23rd of August at 5:47 pm. Successful completion of this mission will make India the fourth country in the world, after the USSR, the US, and China, to achieve a soft landing on the Moon.
This significant progress in the Chandrayaan 3 mission is a testament to the expertise and dedication of the ISRO team. The successful execution of these complex manoeuvres brings India one step closer to furthering our understanding of the Moon and its mysteries. The nation eagerly awaits the outcome of this remarkable venture into space exploration.