"The health of the orbiter and lander is being 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", Isro said.
Appreciating the progress made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) over the years, Donald, who had been in space totally for 44 days in four space flights, however, refused to rate the countries engaged in space research, saying that space exploration was not a competition, but a coordinated effort of all nations involved in space programmes.
ISRO has said the objective of the Rs 9.78 billion Chandrayaan-2 mission is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. So far, both spacecraft are faring well in their separate orbits, ISRO officials added.
Chandrayaan-1 orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water.
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"The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1315hrs IST today". This is the phase, including the powered descent, that we will be doing for the first time. As per the reports of IANS, Chinmay Choudhary, class VIII student of DAV school also selected from Jharsuguda, Odisha to view the live landing of Chandrayaan 2 on the surface of the moon along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The duration of the manoeuvre was 1155 seconds. It will then release a small solar-powered rover dubbed Pragyan.
On July 22, Chandrayaan-2 was launched onboard a heavy rocket (GSLV Mark-III) on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh off the Bay of Bengal coast, about 90 km northeast of Chennai. The successful launch was carried out exactly a week after the ISRO had aborted the launch on July 15, just 56 minutes before the launch due to a "technical snag".
After the lower orbit is achieved by the lander-rover, the powered descent to the lunar surface will begin at about 1:40am on September 7.