Big Day For ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Enters The Moon’s Orbit
Chandrayaan-2 is now closer to its destination than ever! India’s second moon mission has been finally placed in the orbit of the Moon! The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully placed the spacecraft atop fatboy GSLV Mk-III rocket in the Moon’s orbit after performing the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre at 9:02 AM on Tuesday as planned. This is a milestone in itself for ISRO, that carried out the critical transition and is now nearing the touted mission of landing a space rover in the unexplored South Pole region of the Moon.
Since its spectacular launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 had been orbiting the Earth, moving into higher orbits in a series of Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvres from July 23 to August 6. There were five such manoeuvres before the mission left the Earth orbit on Wednesday. Following its exit from the Earth orbit, it was brought to the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14 in the fifth and final orbit-raising manoeuvre of the spacecraft.
There will be four more orbit manoeuvres that will gradually have the spacecraft to enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles. At that point, Chandrayaan-2 will be at a distance of 100 kilometres from the Moon’s surface. Following this, the lander Vikram will break away from the orbiter on September 2 and make a soft-landing on the lunar surface on September 7.
K. Sivan on the Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2
ISRO chief K. Sivan will be briefing media today at 11 AM ...
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