2nd de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed successfully today

Pablo Tucker
September 6, 2019

Subsequently the 3,840 kg spacecraft, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover, left Earth orbit on August 14 and was transferred to a Moon orbit through a manoeuvre called trans lunar insertion. "Chandrayaan 2 is ready to take a billion dreams to the Moon now stronger than ever before", the ISRO had said while announcing the rescheduled date for the launch after the lift-off was aborted on July 15 due to a technical snag.

Bengaluru | Chandrayaan-2 completed yet another goal in its journey to Moon when it successfully performed the second de-orbiting. The Pragyan rover - translates to "wisdom" in Sanskrit - is a 6-wheeled and AI-powered vehicle that has been integrated within the lander.

The success of such missions enhanced India's reputation in managing them and makes its case in any future collaborative planetary ventures much better in the worldwide arena, the scientist added. It's nearly a similar sequence which the ISRO is going to implement, with practically no real-time controls on the ground. The entire planet will benefit from the mission. "I will definitely be on the edge of my seat", he said.

16 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya are going to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 along with PM Narendra Modi on September 7, 2019 from the ISRO Control Room, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility in Bengaluru. In a major milestone for India's second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing LOI manoeuvre.

"The south pole of the moon is a fantastic region to explore".

"The Chandrayaan-2 has already carried out some hard tasks like de-orbiting but landing on the surface of the moon will be the toughest part". Thus, Chandrayaan-2 could be the model for low-priced Moon missions of the future.

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