Chandrayaan-2 completed yet another feat in its journey to Moon this morning when it successfully performed the 2nd de-orbiting. In a press release about the development, Isro said the manoeuvre was performed successfully as planned within nine seconds.
Isro said in a press release, “The second de-orbiting maneuver 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 maneuver was 9 seconds.”
As of today, the orbit of Vikram Lander is 35km X 101km.
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— ISRO (@isro) September 3, 2019
Isro said Chandrayaan-2 continues to orbit the Moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km. It said both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.
Chandrayaan-2 is arguably Isro’s most sophisticated project till date. It plans to land a rover on the far-end or dark face of the Moon. What also distinguishes the mission is that it aims to soft-land the rover on Moon’s surface, a feat achieved only by three other countries so far.