Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

First de-orbiting manoeuvre successful

First de-orbiting manoeuvre successful

The 52-second manoeuvre was carried from an orbit the integrated lunarcraft was in on Sunday. It helped the Lander to arrive at a 104 by 128 kilometres orbit around the moon. Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in the existing orbit and both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy, IRSO added.

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the de-orbital operation began at 8.50 a.m.as planned. According to ISRO, the Vikram Lander is now located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km. Former NASA astronaut Donald A. Thomas said on Sunday that the sight of Chandrayaan-2 landing on the moon would be seen by the USA agency NASA as well as people from all over the world. The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was performed successfully 1 September at 6.21 pm. Chandrayaan-2 is made up of three parts - first- orbiter, second- Vikram Lander and third- Pragyan Rover. The successful launch was carried out exactly a week after the ISRO had aborted the launch on July 15, just 56 minutes before the launch due to a "technical snag".

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Thus, it is another proud moment for Indian Space Science that the lander Vikram detached itself from atop the main spacecraft successfully and now it seems to be ready to descend to the moon's southern surface in the coming four days.

As per the tentative plan, the powered descent will occur on September 7 followed by the Vikram Touch Down on the same day between 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm. When the whole world would be fast asleep, Vikram will quietly touchdown on the lunar surface at 1:55 AM on Saturday, September 7. It was later launched into space, a week later, on Mark-III, a Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GLSV-MK III-M1), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sri Harikota, Andhra Pradesh.

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