Chandrayaan-2 headed onwards on its path to the moon after the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), early on Wednesday, successfully carried out a crucial process to manoeuvre India’s second lunar probe out of the earth’s orbit.
Isro said that it carried out the manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) at 2.21 am today as it was planned.
Isro said in a statement, “The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today at 02:21 am IST. During this manoeuvre, the spacecraft’s liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.”
After Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively increased five times from July 23 to August 6.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20.
The spacecraft’s liquid engine will be fired again to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit.