Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Inserted Into Lunar Orbit: ISRO
20 August, 2019, 10:11
After almost 30 days of journey, India's second spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be inserted into the lunar orbit on Tuesday morning, the Indian space agency said.
Scientists at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) began the critical exercise at 8:30 am on Tuesday when the moon began to approach the Apogee of Chandryaan-2, which is its farthest point from the earth. "The duration of manoeuver was 1738 seconds", the space agency said.
According to an ISRO official, the monitoring of Chandrayaan-2 was round-the-lock and officials were anxious to see that the spacecraft was on course to the moon. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.
Following this, there will be further four orbit maneuvers to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.
The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts to land in the south polar region of the moon on September 7.
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The Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru is continuously monitoring "the health of the spacecraft".
Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2, 2019.
If the rest of the mission goes to plan, the Indian probe will land on the lunar South Pole on Sept 7. India's second moon mission has been finally placed in the orbit of the Moon! The rover will remain on the moon for 14 days. India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, was in 2008. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. "Until now, orbiter was the focus and all manoeuvres were carried out by onboard systems of orbiter". Isro has also released some photos of the earth, captured by Chandrayaan-2, on August 4.
Since its spectacular launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 had been orbiting the Earth, moving into higher orbits in a series of Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvres from July 23 to August 6.
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