In a significant milestone for India’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the lunar orbit today after nearly 30 days of journey in space. ISRO in a statement said, “Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of manoeuvre was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.”
There will be four more orbit manoeuvres to enable the spacecraft to enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from Moon’s surface. Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2. Since its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been in the orbit of the Earth. So far, the spacecraft has raised its orbit five times from July 23 to August 6.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan2 will shed light on a completely unexplored region of the Moon, the South Pole. The mission’s success will make India, the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to make a soft landing on the Moon.