Chandrayaan-2 enters an orbit around the moon successfully
ISRO on Wednesday announced that the second Moon-bound orbit manoeuver for India's second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, was successfully performed beginning at 12:50 hours (IST).
Chandrayaan-2, the world's first mission aiming for a soft landing on the Moon's south polar region, was inserted into Moon's orbit on Tuesday. Launched on July 22, it's scheduled to attempt the landing on September 7.
The duration of the maneuver was 1228 seconds. The orbit achieved is 118 km x 4412 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal. The next Lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on August 28, 2019, between 0530 - 0630 hrs IST.
Currently, the Chandrayan 2 composite is completing its lunar transfer phase, which will bring the spacecraft close enough to the moon that it can transition into the moon's orbit using power from its thrusters. This manoeuver will allow it to break away from the Earth's gravitational pull and fall into the moon's gravity.
Chandrayaan-2 is India's second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the mission was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 22 July 2019 at 2.43 PM IST to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III.