Chandrayaan-3: Lunar Orbit Injection Set For Saturday

India’s third lunar mission will attempt to enter an orbit around the Moon on August 5. ISRO said on Friday, ‘Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has covered almost two-thirds of the distance of the Moon since its launch on July 14 and is scheduled for Chandrayaan-Orbit Insertion (LOI) on August 5 at around 7 pm.

Time is fixed. Early on August 1, the spacecraft achieved an orbit of 288 km by 3.7 lakh km through trans-lunar injection (TLI) and entered the Moon’s sphere of influence.

Since the launch of Chandrayaan-3, the process of lifting it into orbit has been successfully completed five times. 

On August 1, the process of lifting the spacecraft above the Earth’s orbit towards the Moon was successfully completed and the vehicle was put into ‘translunar orbit’. 

According to ISRO, tomorrow i.e on Saturday , in another important endeavour, the spacecraft will be placed in the Moon’s orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organization said on Friday that the process of installing the spacecraft into the Moon’s orbit is scheduled for August 5 at around seven in the evening. 

ISRO said that this attempt will be made when Chandrayaan-3 will be closest to the Moon. 

Earlier, it had said that it would try to make a ‘soft landing’ of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar surface on 23 August.

22 days of Chandrayaan 3 will complete on Saturday since the launch of Chandrayaan-3 on July 14, leaving 17 crucial days before ISRO attempts to soft-land Vikram (lander). 

Several scientists of the space agency have said in the last one month that they are confident of a successful LOI, as it has been done twice in 2019 (Chandrayaan-2) and 2008 (Chandrayaan-1).

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