Bangalore, Aug, 2: India’s Chandrayaan 2 is moving towards the moon with accurate and measured movement. Crossing another important milestone of the mission, 4th earthbound orbit-raising maneuver for Chandrayaan 2 has been successfully performed today.
As per the official statement by ISRO, “Fourth earthbound orbit-raising maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been performed successfully today (August 2, 2019) at 1527 hrs (IST) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 646 seconds. The orbit achieved is 277 x 89472 km”.
The official statement also added, “All spacecraft parameters are normal. The next orbit-raising maneuver is scheduled on August 6, 2019, between 1430 – 1530 hrs (IST)”.
On 22 July, India launched the country's second moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, primarily aimed at landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole. On its planned 48-day journey between liftoff and landing on the Moon's South Pole, the composite will be subjected to a series of orbital maneuvers to bring it to the moon's vicinity.
As per ISRO's schedule, the Vikram lander will attempt a soft-landing on the moon on 7 September, and open its hatch for the Pragyan rover to take its first few rolls onto lunar soil four hours later. The landing site of the mission is closer to the South Pole than any mission before it.