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Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth’s orbit, moving towards moon

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on August 14, 2019 Published on August 14, 2019

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Chandrayaaan-2 has successfully entered Lunar Transfer Trajectory with the final orbit raising manoeuvre carried out today at 02:21 am, said Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) in an update.

During this maneuver, the spacecraft's liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.

Earlier, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively raised five times during July 23 to August 6, 2019.

The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru.

Since its launch on July 22 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, all systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal.

Chandrayaan-2 will approach Moon on August 20, 2019 and the spacecraft's liquid engine will be fired again to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit.  Following this, there will be further four orbit maneuvers to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface.

Subsequently,The Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2.  Two orbit maneuvers will be performed on the lander before the initiation of powered descent to make a soft landing on the lunar surface on September 7, the update said.

Published on August 14, 2019
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