ISRO performs 4th Moon-bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2

ISRO performs 4th Moon-bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2

Fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully on Friday, taking the spacecraft one step closer to land on the south pole of the moon. All the spacecraft parameters were observed to be normal.

The update that came on day 38 after launch stated, "The third lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 28) beginning at 0904 hours IST using the onboard propulsion system".

The duration of the manoeuvre was 52 seconds.

The orbit achieved is 119 km x 127 km, ISRO added. The lunar bound orbit maneuver began at 6:18 hrs (India Standard Time).

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The landing of Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth nation in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon, thus putting the country in the league of the US, Russia and China.

The landing of Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon on September 7. "The final powered descent will start at 1.40am on September 7 to make the lander soft-land near the south pole at 1.55am", Sivan said.

Chandrayaan-2 is India's first expedition to attempt a soft landing on the moon. All this was under the control from the Mission Operations Complex at ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network) in Bengaluru. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar floor and research the exosphere (outer ambiance) of the Moon, whereas the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct floor and subsurface science experiments. Chandrayaan-2 was launched from Sriharikota on 22 July. The 27-kg rover, which is loaded with two payloads and has images of Tricolour and Isro logo embossed on it, will move on the lunar surface at a speed of 1cm per second.

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