New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday said that the Chandrayaan-2, which is currently orbiting the moon, has officially crossed the milestone set by Chandryaan-1.
“Chandrayaan-2 has officially gone further than its predecessor Chandrayaan 1! What do you think it will find on the Moon?” the ISRO said in a Tweet.
#Chandrayaan2 has officially gone further than its predecessor Chandrayaan 1! What do you think it will find on the Moon? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!#ISRO #MoonMission pic.twitter.com/pZEnxPf3su
— ISRO (@isro) August 29, 2019
Earlier, the ISRO had said that the Chandrayaan-2 has successfully performed the third lunar-bound orbit maneuver for the spacecraft and is currently in the lunar orbit for its rendezvous with the Moon.
“Third Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 28, 2019) beginning at 0904 hrs IST, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 1190 seconds. The orbit achieved is 179 km x 1412 km,” said the ISRO.
There will be three more orbit manoeuvres before the Vikram lander’s separation from the Orbiter on September 2 and eventual soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon, planned on September 7.
If the mission will be successful, then Indian will become the fourth country after the Soviet Union, US and China to achieve the feat.
Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from lander ‘Vikram’ and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.
The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day, while the orbiter would continue its mission for a year.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan has earlier said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before.”
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, the space agency has said.
The 3840 kg spacecraft, which was launched on July 22 had entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing lunar orbit insertion maneuver.
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