India’s Chandrayaan2 enters Moons orbit successfully
After about 30 days of space travel, India’s most ambitious space mission Chandrayaan 2 successfully manoeuvred into lunar orbit on Tuesday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted saying, “Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of #Chandrayaan2 manoeuvre was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019). The duration of manoeuvre was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hours IST.”
ISRO also posted on its website the next steps Chandrayaan2 will undertake. The post read, “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 maneuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on September 7, 2019.”
Chandrayaan 2 lifted off from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 22. The lift-off was successful in its second attempt after it was aborted less than an hour before its launch owing to a technical glitch.