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Since its launch on July 14, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has travelled over two-thirds of the distance to the Moon, according to ISRO.

ISRO has made a number of tactical decisions over the last three weeks that have gradually increased the spacecraft’s distance from Earth. Notably, a vital slingshot operation was used on August 1 to successfully launch the probe from Earth’s orbit towards the Moon.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft left Earth’s orbit after the trans-lunar injection and started travelling towards the Moon. Today, August 5, is slated for a crucial event when the Lunar Orbit Injection (LOI) will be carried out at around 7 pm, during the Moon’s closest point to the Earth (Perilune).

The third lunar mission from India is still in good health, according to ISRO, and they are preparing for a planned soft landing on the moon’s surface on August 23.

Hours after finishing its rotations around the Earth and getting closer to the Moon, India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, was declared to be in good health by ISRO earlier on Tuesday.

The hardest element of the mission, the soft landing, is scheduled for August 23. When contact with the Lander “Vikram” was lost, Chandrayaan 2 was unable to accomplish this task.

If Chandrayaan-3 is successful, India will join an exclusive group of nations that includes the US, Russia, and China and has successfully completed lunar landings.

The historic liftoff of India’s third Moon mission, Chandrayaan-3, atop an LVM3-M4 rocket also significantly boosted the nation’s first human spaceflight programme because the same launch vehicle, which has ‘human rated’ capability, will be utilised for the challenging Gaganyaan mission.

The ISRO, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru, is hard at work on its flagship project, Gaganyaan, which calls for the demonstration of human spaceflight capacity by sending a crew of three into an orbit of 400 km for three days before returning them safely to land in sea waters.

Scientists at Satish Dhawan Space Centre claim that the 44.3-meter-tall LVM3 rocket, which launched Chandrayaan-3 on July 14, would be the launch vehicle with ‘human rated’ capability.

Three stages make up ISRO’s heavy lift launcher: a solid stage, a liquid stage, and a cryogenic stage.

According to ISRO, the LVM3 rocket has been modified for the Gaganyaan programme to comply with the specifications for human rating and has been dubbed “Human Rated LVM3.” This rocket is capable of launching the Orbital Module to a 400km Low Earth Orbit.

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