First de-orbiting manoeuver of Chandrayaan-2 successful

First de-orbiting manoeuver of Chandrayaan-2 successful

"The first de-orbiting manoeuvre for Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was performed successfully today beginning at 0850 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system".

ISRO successful in separating "Vikram" from Chandrayaan2: ISRO confirms the successful separation of "Vikram", the lander from the Chandrayaan2 space orbiter at 1: 15 PM. "The duration of the manoeuvre was four seconds", ISRO said in a post on its website. The effort is to soft-land the lander in the South polar region of the Moon between two craters - Manzinus C and Simpelius N - on September 7, 2019.

The roughly $140 million mission is known as Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft". The lander would be brought close to a 110x35 orbit in preparation for landing near the South Pole.

India's first moon lander- Vikram, got nearer to the Moon after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully completed the first of the two de-orbital operations on Tuesday. According to ISRO, the Vikram Lander is now located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km.

Israel made attempt earlier this year but the mission ended in disaster when the Beresheet spacecraft lost control of its descent and fell into an uncontrolled descent. After its rolled out of Lander, the six-wheeled robotic instrument Rover Pragyaan will perform in situ exploration of the surrounding lunar surface.

Vikram, named after the father of India's space research programme Vikram A Sarabhai, is scheduled to land on the lunar surface near its south pole on September 7 at about 1.55 am.

The success of Chandrayaan 2 mission will make India the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China to tug off a tender touchdown on the moon. On September 7, it will start running at 5:10 am and after 45 minutes at 5:55 am the rover will land on the moon.

While the battery will be exhausted after 14 days, if other systems are intact, once the next lunar day begins, the rover and lander could recharge their power systems and resume their work.

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