Delhi Boy To Watch Chandrayaan-2 Landing With PM Modi

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Friday successfully performed the fourth lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 using the onboard propulsion system.

The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day, while the orbiter will continue its mission for a year.

To recall, earlier this week on Wednesday, Chandrayaan-2 had completed its third orbit manoeuvre or Lunar Bound Phase 3 (LBN#3) after which the spacecraft got placed in the orbit that was 179 km away from the Moon's surface at its nearest point and 1,412 km at its farthest. The last manoeuvre is now on September 1 when Chandrayaan-2 will be put in the circular 100km x 100km orbit.

The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface.

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The Chandrayaan 2 composite has carried out three successful in-orbit manoeuvres since it entered lunar orbit - all to lower its altitude for separation of the Vikram lander and the landing itself. It will then perform a series of complex manoeuvres.

The landing of Chandrayaan-2 is expected to make India the fourth nation in the world, along with the USA, USSR and China, to land on the moon. "The South pole is a very special location, we think there is ice in some of the craters that are permanently shadowed".

ISRO chief K Sivan had on August 20 announced. On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in text book style.

According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface.

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