Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Chandrayaan-2 steps closer to moon’s surface, moves into pre-final orbit

Chandrayaan-2 moves closer to moon Chandrayaan-2 now a week away from its historic touchdown on the moon
Sandra Phillips | 01 September, 2019, 16:29

After successfully performing its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday, Chandrayaan-2, India's first lunar lander mission, is a step closer to the moon.

All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said after the manoeuvre on the spacecraft. The lunar-bound manoeuvre is planned for 6-7 pm on 1 September by firing the spacecraft's onboard propulsion system.

The duration of the manoeuvre was 1155 seconds.

The Department of Space, Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO), had started an online quiz to increase awareness about its space programme which was conducted from August 10 to August 25.

"Chandrayaan 2 will be the first spacecraft to land near the South pole of the moon and this is where NASA hopes to land astronaut in about five years from now".

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The Chandrayaan 2 composite has carried out three successful in-orbit manoeuvres since it entered lunar orbit - all to lower its altitude for separation of the Vikram lander and the landing itself.

The next Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on September 1 2019 between 1800-1900 hrs IST.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a "terrifying" moment as it is something ISRO has not done before.

Chandrayaan 2 was launched from Satish Dhawan space centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh by India's heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on July 22.

Srijal Chandrakar, a class 9 student from Mahasamund in Chhattisgar, will watch Chandrayaan 2 descend on the lunar surface in the company of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 27-kg rover, which is loaded with two payloads and has images of Tricolour and Isro logo embossed on it, will roll out on the lunar surface at a speed of 1cm per second.

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