Indian landing module ready for touchdown on moon surface

Pablo Tucker
September 3, 2019

The duration of the manoeuvre was 1155 seconds. The Vikram Lander will revolve around 104 km of Apogee and 128 km of Perigee in the moon for the next about 31 hours.

The landing module of India's unmanned moon venture separated effectively from the orbiter on Monday forward of its deliberate landing at the moon's south polar area this weekend, the rustic's area company mentioned.

New Delhi: The scientists of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have today sent Vikram Lander into the opposite orbit at 8.50 am on September 3.

The Pragyan rover is a 6-wheeled and AI-powered vehicle.

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The roughly $140m mission is known as Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft".

The Isro said the health of the Orbiter and Lander was being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at nearby Bylalu. Meanwhile, on 3 September, ISRO will conduct a test with the lander, stopping it completely and driving it in the opposite direction for three seconds and then moving it back to its class.

"The manoeuvre was considered critical because it marks an important phase of the lunar landing process of Chandrayaan-2 and even a minute hurdle during this manoeuvre could have an impact on the whole mission", said Sivan.

Fourth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was performed successfully 30 August at 6.18 pm. It would pave way for its soft-landing near the lunar South Pole on 7th of September. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July. When Will ISRO's GSLV-Mk III Reach Moon And What Will Happen After That?

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