Chandrayaan-2 Closer to Moon With 4th Orbit Maneuver; September 7 Landing on Track

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) claimed Friday night to have successfully completed the fourth orbit change to the Moon for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. In a statement posted on its official website, the agency said the spacecraft began its maneuver at 6.18 p.m., using its on-board propulsion system for 1,155 seconds.

“The fourth orbit maneuver to the Moon for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today (August 30, 2019) from 1818 h IST as planned, using the on-board propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 1155 seconds. The orbit reached is 124 km x 164 km ” said ISRO. According to the publication, all parameters are normal and the next lunar orbit maneuver is scheduled for September 1 before landing at the lunar South Pole on September 7.

Chandrayaan 2, India's high-profile lunar mission, took off on July 22 aboard the Mark III geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV Mk III) from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, one week after a technical problem which caused the postponement of the launch. . The mission comes 11 years after the first successful lunar mission of the Space Research Organization of India (ISRO), the Chandrayaan 1, which orbited the moon more than 3,400 times and was operational for 312 days until August 29, 2009

The spacecraft shared its first images of Earth from space on August 4 before entering the lunar orbit on August 20. After the entry of the Chandrayaan-2 into the moon's orbit, ISRO launched a new set of photographs of the moon's surface and its craters taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 in the spacecraft bound for the moon. The images were taken on August 23 at an altitude of approximately 4,375 km showing impact craters such as Jackson, Mitra, Mach and Korolev.

With inputs of the IANS function

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