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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 achieves a clinical milestone with successful compilation of Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI)

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ISRO has announced that Chandrayaan-3 has achieved a clinical milestone with the successful completion of Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI).

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission achieved a clinical milestone with the successful compilation of the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI). The insertion was carried out by retro-burning at the Perilune for 1835 seconds, starting at 19:12 Hrs.IST. The maneuver resulted in an Orbit of 164 km x 18074 km, as intended.

This is third time in succession that ISRO has been successfully inserted its spacecraft in to the Lunar Orbit, apart from doing so once into the Martian Orbit.

As the mission progresses, a series of maneuvers have been planned to gradually reduce Chandrayaan-3’s orbit and position it over the lunar poles. After some maneuvers, the propulsion module will separate from the lander while in orbit. Following that, a series of complex breaking maneuvers will be executed to facilitate a soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon on August 23, 2023.

The health of Chandrayaan-3 is normal. Throughout the mission, the health of the spacecraft is being continuation monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC), the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antenna Byalalu, near Bengaluru with the support from ESA and JPL Deep Space antenna.

The Next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled for August 6, 2023, between 22:30 and 23:30 Hrs. IST.

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