After almost 30 days of space travel, India's moon shot Chandrayaan 2 has been effectively maneuverer into lunar orbit today. This was one of the mission's most tricky activities. More than the expected speed of the method would have spun off the spacecraft into outer space, while a slow approach would have caused to the gravity of the moon pulling Chandrayaan 2 and crashing it on the lunar surface.
The approach speed had to be pretty accurate and the altitude above the moon pretty accurate. The task would have destroyed even a small mistake. There will be three more maneuvers to complete. The next one will be around 1 pm tomorrow. The large incident will be on September 2 when the lander will be separated, "said journalists today a clearly excited ISRO chairman K Sivan.
After this, a series of orbit manoeuvres will be conducted on Chandrayaan 2 satellite to allow it to enter its final orbit crossing over the lunar poles at a distance of approximately 100 km from the surface of the moon, the Indian Space Research Organization said today in a report on its website.
ISRO said that the lander will then detach from the lander and enter a moon orbit of 100 km x 30 km. Then, on September 7, 2019, it will also perform a series of complicated braking manoeuvres on soft land in the moon's southern polar region.