Sivan said that the Chandrayaan-2 mission had crossed "a major milestone" as it entered the lunar orbit successfully.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2 - India's second lunar expedition - will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon its South Polar region. The duration of the manoeuvre was 1,738 seconds. "With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit", ISRO said. Chandrayaan-2 achieved the orbit of 114 km x 18072 km.
After the spacecraft enters the moon's orbit, Isro would perform four more maneuvers to place it into the desired orbit, which is 100 kms from the lunar surface. The spacecraft is days away from soft landing on the Moon, which is scheduled for September 7. Following its exit from the Earth orbit, it was brought to the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14 in the fifth and final orbit-raising manoeuvre of the spacecraft.
India used its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III), in this mission. After these four manoeuvres, on September 2, lander will be separated from the orbiter.
The orbiter, which weighs 2,379kg (5,244lb) and has a mission life of a year, will take images of the lunar surface.Читайте также: Gasquet, Barty enter Cincinnati Masters semifinals
"Two hours after this the ramp will touch the ground and 3.10 hours later the solar panel will be deployed and then the rover will start from the lander and then at 4 hours the rover will touch the surface", he added.
"The lunar South Pole is especially interesting because the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the North Pole". Chandrayaan-2 carries as many as 13 payloads and would build on the experiments conducted by its first mission. Earlier, the spacecraft's orbit was progressively increased five times between July 23 and August 6.
Chandrayaan-2 is now closer to its destination than ever!
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 Byalalu, near Bengaluru.
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