Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Lunar orbit; soon to land on Moon


Radhika Dhawad | Aug 20, 2019 11:31

In a major feat for Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the moon’s orbit on Tuesday morning.
An illustration of the orbit raising to lunar transfer transition of the Chandryaan 2 spacecraft. (Photo source: ISRO)

In a major feat for Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the moon’s orbit on Tuesday morning.

The spacecraft’s entry is one of the critical remaining milestones of the mission before it makes a soft-landing on the moon on September 7 this year. Scientists at ISRO said that all systems onboard the spacecraft are healthy.

The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.

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Following this, a series of orbit manoeuvres 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 Moon’s surface.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enters into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon.  Then, it will perform a series of complex braking manoeuvres to soft land in the South Polar Region of the Moon on September 7, 2019.

The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru. All the systems of Chandrayaan-2 are healthy.

The next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled for tomorrow (August 21, 2019) between 12:30-01:30 pm