Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Chandrayaan-2 closer to Moon

Chandrayaan-2 closer to Moon

Chandrayaan 2 is just two steps away from entering the final orbit as there will be two more orbit manoeuvres passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.

"Third Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 28, 2019) at 0904 hrs IST", ISRO tweeted.

All craft parameters were normal, Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) said after the maneuver.

The space scientists said this is part of the orbit-lowering manoeuvres to ultimately achieve a 100 km X 100 km orbit of the right moon from its pole to pole before the Chandrayaan-2's lander, named Vikram, separates from the orbiter on September 2. On August 20, Isro, in a 29-minute operation guided Chandrayaan-2 into a 114kmX18,072km elliptical orbit around Moon.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it completed the third orbit action lasting almost 20 minutes to bring the spacecraft closer to the Moon. The spacecraft consists -an orbiter, a lander and a rover.

On September 2, Vikram will be separated from the spacecraft Orbiter through a complex manoeuvre for gradual descent and landing with rover inside it five days later.

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Congratulating the team of ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the latest manoeuvre was an "important step in the landmark journey to the Moon".

"Looking at what happened to the soft landing around the world, we are saying that the soft landing success rate is only about 27 per cent".

The lunar bound orbit maneuver began at 9:04 hrs (India Standard Time).

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According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2 would shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Polar region where no other country has gone.

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