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Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory

Chandrayaan-2 has successfully entered Lunar Transfer Trajectory today. The spacecraft is expected to reach the Moon's orbit on August 20.

Aug 14, 2019 09:55 IST
Image Source: ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 has successfully carried out the significant process of trans-lunar injection, moving from earth`s orbit towards the moon. Now, Chadrayaan-2 is another step closer to the Moon and headed onwards on its path to the Moon. As per the ISRO’s information, Chandrayaan-2 will approach the Moon on August 20 and finally land near the south pole of the Moon on September 7, 2019.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement that the final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today at 02:21 am IST. In its last manoeuvre, the spacecraft's liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds and Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.

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Major Highlights

  • Chandrayaan-2 will be entered into the Moon’s orbit on August 20, 2019.
  • After that, the spacecraft’s liquid engine will be fired again to insert the Chandrayaan-2 into the lunar orbit.
  • Once Chandrayaan-2 will enter into the Moon’s orbit it will conduct four-orbit manoeuvres so that spacecraft could enter into the final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.
  • Following this, the spacecraft's lander, Vikram, is expected to soft-land on the south pole of the moon and unleash the rover to explore the surface on September 7.

Health of Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-2 was launched by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle on July 22. ISRO released a statement that 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 Byalalu, near Bengaluru. The present health of the spacecraft is good and all systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normally.

Research by Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-2 will find out where and in what form water is available on the surface of the Moon. Additionally, Chandrayaan-2 will detect the weather and radiation there. Chandrayaan-2 will also try to find out that which part of the moon always remain in the dark and which part comes into the contact of light.

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