New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved a significant milestone in its Chandrayaan-3 mission, successfully completing the final orbit-raising operation. The spacecraft's orbiter now finds itself in a lunar orbit of 120x135 kilometres, with an inclination of 25.9 degrees.
The pivotal orbit-raising operation was conducted utilizing the Chandrayaan-3's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM), a small rocket engine responsible for elevating the spacecraft's orbit.
Initially, the LAM elevated the orbit from 30x108 kilometres to 65x108 kilometres. Subsequently, in the second stage, the LAM further raised the orbit to its current altitude of 120x135 kilometres.
Chandrayaan-3 marks India's third lunar mission, with a primary objective of successfully landing a rover on the lunar surface to gather samples of the lunar regolith. Additionally, the mission aims to conduct various scientific experiments on the moon's terrain.
The ambitious mission was launched on July 22, 2022, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. The orbiter reached the Moon on August 5, 2022, paving the way for the lander and rover to make their descent to the lunar surface on August 17, 2022.
The successful completion of the final orbit-raising operation signals a significant step forward for the Chandrayaan-3 mission, now entering its critical and decisive phase. ISRO remains optimistic about the mission's outcome, as it strives to accomplish yet another triumph in lunar exploration.