Chandrayaan 3 successfully leaves Earth's orbit, heads towards moon
New Delhi : ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 mission reached a significant milestone as it completed its orbits around the Earth and headed towards the Moon. The official statement in this regard has been made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday night.
"Chandrayaan-3 Mission: Chandrayaan-3 completes its orbits around the Earth and heads towards the Moon. A successful perigee-firing performed at ISTRAC, ISRO has injected the spacecraft into the translunar orbit. Next stop: the Moon. As it arrives at the moon, the Lunar-Orbit Insertion (LOI) is planned for Aug 5, 2023," Isro tweeted after the spacecraft was successfully inserted into the translunar orbit.
With the new development, the ISRO scientists also confirmed that Chandrayaan-3 mission is progressing according to the planned schedule, and the spacecraft's health is currently normal.
On July 14, the Chandrayaan-3 mission had a successful launch into orbit by ISRO on-board Launch Vehicle Mark-3, previously known as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III. The spacecraft is expected to complete a 40-day journey to make a soft landing near the Moon's south pole, making India the fourth country to achieve this feat and the first to land softly near the lunar south pole.