Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit, journey to the moon begins

Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit, journey to the moon begins

India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 left the earth's orbit early this morning and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). During this manoeuvre, the spacecraft's liquid engine was sacked for about 1203 seconds. An orbit raising manoeuvre is the process of raising a satellite into an orbit towards to Moon, while it still revolves around the Earth.

Following this, Chandrayaan-2 will have to complete four more manoeuvres after reaching the Moon's orbit on August 20.

Earlier, the spacecraft's orbit was progressively increased five times during July 23 to August 6, 2019, ISRO said. The health of the lunar probe is continuously being monitored from the Mission Operation 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.

"The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today at 02:21 am IST".

The spacecraft comprises three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander "Vikram" (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover "Pragyan" (27 kg, two payloads).

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The Chandrayaan-2 mission aims to expand the knowledge about the moon, leading to a better understanding of its origin and evolution. The spacecraft was carried by the heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII, nicknamed "Baahubali".

The almost 150 million USA dollars worth of Moon Mission aims at gathering data on water, minerals and rock formations on the lunar surface.

If India successfully makes a landing on the Moon, it will become the fourth country after USA, Russia and China to do so. Chief K Sivan said that Chandrayaan will run 6 days on the path of 2 moons and will cover a distance of 4.1 lakh km and reach the moon's orbit on August 20 this month. Now lunar orbit insertion of Chandrayaan will be done. Chandrayaan-2 will now approach the Moon on August 20 and finally land near the south pole of the moon on September 7.

According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 is the most challenging mission ever attempted by the space agency.

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