Chandrayaan-2 crosses another milestone
September 2, 2019
Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has successfully completed the final orbit maneuver around moon. This was the fifth such maneuver that was carried out by the spacecraft to get closer to the moon.
Indian Space Research Organisation-ISRO announced the latest achievement on social media.
ISRO tweeted," The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 01, 2019) at 1821 hrs IST. For details please visit https://bit.ly/2Uk5gjX"'
The next step for Chandrayaan-2 is the separation of Vikram Lander from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter and it is scheduled for today.
After that Vikram Lander will perform two deorbit maneuvers and then finally attempt a soft landing in the south polar region of the moon. The landing is to take place on 7 September meaning that Chandrayaan-2 is just days away from creating history,
60 students have been selected from across the country to watch the Chandrayaan-2 landing on the surface of the moon with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ISRO in Bengaluru on 7 September.
Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and left the orbit of Earth on August 14. This is the first ever attempt by India to soft land on the surface of moon and will make it the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to land on moon.
Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "Delighted to know the final and fifth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for #Chandrayaan2 has been performed successfully today. Look forward to the final landing in less than a week's time. My Best Wishes...#ISRO #MoonMission"