Chandrayaan 2 highlights: Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar exploration mission, went through its second lunar bound orbit manoeuvre today. The orbit manoeuvre took place at 12:50 hours IST, using the onboard propulsion system, ISRO said.
The spacecraft got successfully placed in the orbit of the Moon on Tuesday, August 20. The spacecraft will touch down on the Moon’s surface on September 7.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of ISRO, saying the latest manoeuvre was an “important step in the landmark journey to the Moon.”
There will be four more orbit manoeuvres to enable the spacecraft to enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from Moon’s surface. Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2. Since its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been in the orbit of the Earth. So far, the spacecraft has raised its orbit five times from July 23 to August 6.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan2 will shed light on a completely unexplored region of the Moon, the South Pole. The mission’s success will make India, the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to make a soft landing on the Moon.
Chandrayaan-2 completes second lunar bound orbit manoeuvre
Chandrayaan-2 successfully went through its second lunar orbit manoeuvre at 1250 hrs IST, using the onboard propulsion system, ISRO said. The duration of the manoeuvre was 1228 seconds.
The orbit achieved is 118 km x 4412 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal and the next lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on August 28 between 0530 - 0630 hrs IST, the space agency said in a statement.
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) August 21, 2019
Second Lunar bound orbit maneuver for #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 21, 2019) beginning at 1250 hrs IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of ISRO for successful Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2 Tuesday. Taking to Twitter, Modi said it was an "important step in the landmark journey to the Moon."
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Whole country is proud of you: Delhi CM on Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Orbit Insertion
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated ISRO on the successful Lunar Orbit Insertion today.
Congratulations to @isro scientists for achieving the historic milestone of successfully putting Chandrayaan-II in the Moon's orbit.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 20, 2019
Whole country is proud of you
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All the systems on Chandrayaan-2 functioning normally: ISRO
ISRO said all the systems on Chandrayaan-2 were functioning normally, as expected. "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," ISRO said.
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Chandrayaan-2 successfully placed in Moon’s orbit
Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today at 9 am as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km, ISRO confirmed.
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) August 20, 2019
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
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Chandrayaan-2: Manoeuvres so far
SO FAR, since its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 had been orbiting the Earth, moving into higher and orbits. This is achieved by a series of “Earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvres”. There were five such manoeuvres before the mission left Earth orbit on Wednesday. These raised the orbits around Earth successively to 230 × 45,163 km (July 24), 251 × 54,829 km (July 26), 276 × 71,792 km (July 29), 277 × 89,472 km (August 2) and 276 × 1,42,975 km (August 6). The two figures with each orbit refer to the distance at the nearest and farthest points.
Chandrayaan-2 entered Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14
Chandrayaan2, launched on July 22 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, had entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14 after final orbit raising manoeuvre of the spacecraft was successfully carried out.
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 Byalalu, near Bengaluru.
All systems on board Chandrayaan2 spacecraft are performing normal, ISRO said on August 14.
ISRO chairman to brief media on Chandrayaan-2 at 11 am
Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO will brief the media today at 11 am on the occasion of Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2.
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) August 20, 2019
Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO will brief media today (August 20, 2019) at 1100 hrs IST on the occasion of Lunar Orbit Insertion of #Chandrayaan2
Stay tuned on our website and youtube channel to watch live
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