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Chandrayaan-3 Mission: ISRO successfully performs 5th orbit-raising manoeuvre

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday announced that it has successfully performed the fifth orbit-raising maneuver (Earth-bound perigee firing) of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft from the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here. ISRO officially announced in Tweet about Earth-bound perigee firing.

The orbit-raising manoeuvre (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,” added ISRO, which had launched the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon on July 14.

An ISRO official told PTI that following the TLI, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft would escape from orbiting the Earth and follow a path that would take it to the vicinity of the Moon.

In other words, the spacecraft would begin its journey towards the Moon on August 1, after leaving the Earth’s orbit following the TLI manoeuvre, which would place it on “lunar transfer trajectory”. ISRO has said it would attempt soft-landing of the lander on the Moon’s surface on August 23.

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