India set for moon landing attempt after Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft separation

Pablo Tucker
October 4, 2019

The Vikram lander of Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday successfully separated from its orbiter as India's moon mission completed another crucial step in his bid to land on the lunar surface in the early hours of September 7. The event commenced at 13.15 pm (IST). All the systems of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and lander are healthy and the next maneuver is scheduled for September 03 between 8.45am and 9.45am. Vikram also carries Pragyan. If the mission is successful, India will become the fourth country to land on the Moon, after the US, USSR, and China. These will be followed by powered descent and touchdown between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The final manoeuvre of Chandrayaan 2 happened on Sunday evening. "Not just NASA, but the whole world would be interested in knowing about the moon and the universe by following Chandrayaan-2", he said according to a report by ANI.

Rashi who is among the 60 children selected from all across the country will be watching the landing on September 7 at 01:55 am at Indian Space Research Centre headquarters in Bengaluru. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit August 20, then carrying out five orbit lowering burns before the final, 52-second burn Sunday.

"Fourth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 30, 2019) beginning at 1818 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system". ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan has noted that the parameters of the orbiter, lander, rover are in good condition.

On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

Orbiter will remain in the circular orbit and perform experiments while the lander-rover will be lowered to get closer to the orbit to prepare for landing.

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