The Chandrayaan-2 mission has completed all its orbit manoeuvres around the moon. ISRO now aims to create history by making India the first nation to reach close to the moon's south pole in its first attempt.
The Chandrayaan-2 is getting closer to the moon as it has successfully completed all its orbit manoeuvres around the moon. "With this manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the moon is achieved," ISRO said in a statement.
The orbit of Vikram Lander is 35 km x 101 km. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues its journey around the moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km. Both the orbiter and lander are healthy, according to reports.
ISRO also said that the moon lander 'Vikram' is scheduled for a powered descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by touch down of lander between 1:30 am and 2:30 am.
Following the landing, the rover - 'Pragyan' - will roll out from 'Vikram' between 5:30 and 6:30 am on September 7, and it carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.
The first orbiting manoeuvre was carried 19 hours earlier - a day after the lander 'Vikram' was separated from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. ISRO took to Twitter to announce the separation of the Vikram Lander from the main module. They stated, "Vikram Lander Successfully separates from #Chandrayaan2 Orbiter today (September 02, 2019) at 1315 hrs IST."
ISRO now aims to create history by making India the first nation to reach close to the moon's south pole in its first attempt.
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Last Updated Sep 4, 2019, 11:01 AM IST