Chandrayaan 2: First orbit-raising of spacecraft performed successfully, ISRO confirms

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2019

"To go to Moon, it will take only five days".

On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style. As India made history by successfully launching the country's second indigenous mission to the Moon, Priyanka hailed the ladies in-charge behind the mission- Muthayya Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal and thanked them for setting a great example!

The recently launched Chandrayaan 2 lunar probe was launched using India's powerful GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket.

Chandrayaan 2 is the mission in which it will conduct a soft landing on the moon's South Polar Region.

The spacecraft is scheduled to soft land on the lunar surface on September 7.

It will be the second time India has been to the moon.

Such discovery could mean future lunar colonies could harvest water on the moon without having to bring it with them from Earth.

Gaganyaan will have a crew of two or three people and spend around seven days in low Earth orbit. A live show from ISRO has been planned on the D-Day by the National Geographic, said the network.

'So every time you have one of these impacts, a very thin layer of ice grains is spread across the surface, exposed to the heat of the sun and to the space environment, and eventually sublimated or lost to the environmental processes, ' said Dana Hurley, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She also added " so proud of the team ISRO".

As the Moon's location is continuously changing due to orbital motion, the intersection of Chandrayaan-2 and the Moon's path, has to be predicted sufficiently in advance with a high level of accuracy. The global star got to know about the female scientists behind Chandrayaan 2 and applauded their work.

The market for commercial space launches is crowded and competitive with Russia's Soyuz and Vega launchers competing with those of the European Space Agency and the reusable rockets flown by USA entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX corporation. But some have questioned the amount being spent by nations like India on space exploration when they have pressing social issues at home.

This week began with a bang as a major space milestone was achieved by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the form of Chandrayaan 2.

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