Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
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Chandrayaan 2 successfully completes de-orbiting

Chandrayaan 2 successfully completes de-orbiting

The second de-orbiting manoeuvre for Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Now Chairman of the National Design and Research Forum, he termed the present Chandrayaan-2 mission, which seeks to make soft-landing of Vikram on the unexplored Lunar south pole, as another milestone in India's space journey. A successful landing taking billion dreams to the Moon will make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the USA and China to achieve a soft-landing on the lunar surface.

He said missions such as Chandrayaan 1, Chandrayaan 2 and Mangalyaan were also aimed at enthusing the young generation to pursue basic science and further develop Indian aerospace industry.

For this, around 70 students from across the country will be watching the historic Chandrayaan 2's scheduled soft-landing on the moon as it happens in the early hours of Saturday. Both the Orbiter and Vikram are in good health, ISRO said. Subsequently the 3,840 kg spacecraft, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover, left Earth orbit on August 14 and was transferred to a Moon orbit through a manoeuvre called trans lunar insertion.


16 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya are going to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 along with PM Narendra Modi on September 7, 2019 from the ISRO Control Room, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility in Bengaluru. It is now circling the Moon in an orbit 35 km X 101 Km as compared to its previous orbit of 104 km by 128 km on Tuesday. I don't think any nation has done a similar operation trying to have real time pictures and then try to have an on-board computer implement autonomously the function of the landing.

"The south pole of the moon is a fantastic region to explore".

On the day of the Chandrayaan-1's launch in 2008, the ISRO faced a "very tough situation" as it had a very short launch window and the weather was "very, very bad", Dr. M Annadurai, Project Director of the successful mission, said.

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