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Tue Aug 20, 2019, 03:00 AM

Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's orbit, just days for landing


Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's orbit, just days for landing

Chethan Kumar | TNN | Updated: Aug 20, 2019, 2:22 IST

BENGALURU: In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has entered Moon's orbit early on Tuesday (August 20).

"Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km," Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said in a statement.

Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moons surface, it said.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon
Then, it will perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on September seven, Isro stated. The next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on Wednesday between 12.30 PM and 1.30 PM, Isro said.
Now that Chandrayaan-2 has completed its trek to Moon, it is just days away from Moon landing, which will put Isro in an elite club of nations—the US, USSR (now Russia) and China—to have successfully landed probes on the lunar surface.

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