Chandrayaan 2 to perform final Lunar orbit manuever on Sunday evening

Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter Today

Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter Today

The duration of the maneuver was 1155 seconds.

All spacecraft parameters are normal.

Chandrayaan-2 successfully performed its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday at 18:18 hours IST. The next lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on September 1, between 6 to 7 p.m.

The orbit achieved is 124 km x 164 km. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the south pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the north pole.

In a major milestone for India's second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre.

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Tejashwini Gajurel a student of class VIII of Kendruya Vidyalaya, NERIST, Nirjuli said, "I took part in this quiz on August 15 I am excited to visit ISRO and witness the moon landing of Chandrayaan-2". The separation and landing sequences are planned for 2 September and 7 September at 1.40 am, respectively.

This is a crucial step in the mission since ISRO's mission engineers won't be operating the spacecraft remotely from the control centre. The Chandrayaan-2 will now go through one final orbit manoeuvre. The orbiter will also be surveilling its year-long home for the first time, ensuring that no damage was caused to its instruments on the journey so far and conducting a thorough examination of the Vikram lander's landing site at the moon's South Polar region.

On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a key milestone in its journey to the Moon, after it entered the lunar orbit, nearly 30 days after being launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

On the science front, this mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon, the space agency had said.

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