Chandrayaan-2 enters Moon’s orbit
August 21, 2019
India's ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 has entered the Orbit of Moon yesterday successfully.
The Indian Space Research Organisation-ISRO announced the milestone reached on social media.
ISRO tweeted, "#ISRO Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of #Chandrayaan2 maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019). The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST For more details visit https://bit.ly/2YYl01o
Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and left the orbit of Earth on August 14. Chandrayaan-2 will complete four orbit maneuvers and will then eventually reach the distance of 100 km from the lunar surface.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Congratulations to Team @isro on #Chandrayaan2 entering the Moon's orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination."
As per ISRO, the lander will separate from the orbiter and enter into closer orbit around the moon and after a series of complex braking maneuvers to reduce its speed, it will perform a soft landing in the south polar region of the moon on 7 September.
This is the first ever attempt by India to soft land on the surface of moon. The project is low cost compared to similar missions by other countries and ISRO has spent around ₹ 1,000 crore on Chandrayaan-2.