Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Inserted Into Lunar Orbit: ISRO

Pablo Tucker
August 20, 2019

India's Chandrayaan-2 on Tuesday morning successfully entered the Moon's orbit.

After four weeks of interstellar travel, the spacecraft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement.

ISRO further confirmed that "all the systems of Chandrayaan-2 are healthy".

The maneuver's duration was around 1738 seconds.

According to an ISRO official, the monitoring of Chandrayaan-2 was round-the-lock and officials were anxious to see that the spacecraft was on course to the moon. In the latest development, the orbit achieved by the spacecraft was 114 km at its nearest point and 18,072 km at its farthest.

Subsequently, the Vikram lander would separate from the orbiter on September 2, 2019.

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 the Karnataka capital.

The next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on Wednesday between 12.30 PM and 1.30 PM, ISRO said.

It is after a period of 11 years, that India has again set out for the moon. Today also marks 30 days of the Moon mission in transit. This would take almost four hours, as the rover will move at a speed of 1 cm per minute.

"This mission will help us gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface", the space agency had said.

"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".

Today the Chandrayaan 2 mission crossed a major milestone. This allowed the spacecraft to come under the influence of the moon's orbit.

If ISRO successfully executes all these India will become the fourth country after USA, Russia and China to do so.

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