Toward Success: Another Step Forward Chandrayaan-3’s Fourth Orbital Adjustment Bengaluru, 20/7: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully completed the fourth orbital extension (Earth-bound apogee firing) of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on Thursday. The third orbital change (Earth-bound perigee firing) was executed on Wednesday. ISRO tweeted that Chandrayaan-3’s orbit has been expanded, bringing it one step closer to the moon. Its next adjustment will take place on July 25. Notably, on July 14, the Indian Space Research Organization effectively launched Chandrayaan-3 on an NVM-M4 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Seventeen minutes after lift-off at 2:35 PM, it was placed in the designated orbit. Speaking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Director S. Unnikrishnan Nair said, “Chandrayaan-3 has performed excellently, and the spacecraft met the initial requirements.” After the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3, its project director P Birmuthubel stated that ISRO will closely monitor and control the spacecraft from Intrak. “There are several critical stages, from Earth-bound maneuvers to settling into lunar orbit, to a soft landing after the lander’s separation and deceleration,” Birmuthubel explained.

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