Sunday, 22 September, 2019

ISRO says 3rd lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 successful

Craters On The Moon Image Source EPA
Sandra Phillips | 30 August, 2019, 10:41

The third lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday using the onboard propulsion system, ISRO stated. According to the space agency, the TMC-2 captured the images on August 23 showing impact craters.

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bengaluru would be engaged in this process which is expected to be completed by 1:55 am, he told reporters at the airport in Chennai.

Two students from government schools in Uttar Pradesh will witness the historic landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the moon along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Isro control room in Bengaluru, early September.

With this feat, India becomes the 4 nation after China, USA, and Russian Federation to successfully place a lunar spacecraft on Moon's surface.If everything goes as per plan, this Indian spacecraft will perform a landing on the Moon's South Pole by Sept 7.

After Tuesday's exercise, the ISRO chief said the Chandrayaan-2 will go around the moon with an orbit of 140 km perigee (closest point) by 18,000 km apogee (farthest).

ISRO has said subsequently the lander would separate from the Orbiter (on September2) and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon.

India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft recently snapped new photos of the moon and they show impact craters and other key lunar surface features. This spacecraft is comprised of a rover, an orbiter and a lander, which was nearly entirely made and designed in India.

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Elaborating on the complexity involved, he said the speed of the spacecraft needs to be brought down to "zero".

The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. It comprises an Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyaan).

The North Polar region of the Moon clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km.

The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface.

The orbiter will revolve around the Moon for around a year, studying the satellite's outer atmosphere.

The winners of the ISRO quiz will witness Chandrayaan-2 landing in September.

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