The TLI involves a significant burn by the spacecraft's chemical rocket engine, transforming its orbit from a low Earth orbit to a highly eccentric one targeted towards the Moon.
Chandrayaan-3 launched on July 14, 2023, and successfully executed five orbit-raising maneuvers to bring it closer to the Moon.
After the TLI, the spacecraft will enter its lunar transfer arc, approximating an elliptical orbit around Earth with an apogee near the Moon's orbit.
The mission will undergo a series of complex maneuvers to reach lunar orbit, including separation of the lander and deboost maneuvers.
Chandrayaan-3 carries scientific instruments to study lunar surface properties, seismicity, plasma environment, and elemental composition.
The total cost of the mission is Rs 615 crores, significantly lower than its predecessor, Chandrayaan-2.
Once in lunar orbit, Chandrayaan-3 will operate for approximately 14 Earth days, constituting one lunar day.
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