The second and final lunar de-orbiting manoeuver for India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander was successfully performed starting at 03:42 AM on Wednesday, ISRO revealed. The space agency added that both the Orbiter and Lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission are healthy. The Vikram Lander will now attempt the world's first soft-landing on Moon's south polar region on September 7.
The second de-orbiting manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 04, 2019) beginning at 0342 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the manoeuvre was 9 seconds. The Lander is scheduled to powered descent between 0100 - 0200 hrs IST on September 07, 2019, which is then followed by touch down of Lander between 0130 - 0230 hrs IST.
India's most powerful launcher GSLV MkIII-M1 was assigned to carry Chandrayaan-2 to its designated orbit. Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram' will execute the soft landing on the Moon and 'Pragyan' rover will communicate with it. The approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan-2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that's 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.