India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission just hit a major milestone

  • India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission just hit a major milestone

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission just hit a major milestone

An unmanned Indian space probe successfully entered lunar orbit Tuesday, passing a crucial step towards a historic milestone for the country's fledgling space program.

"Hey @isro, please sue durex", tweeted one user. The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover will separate out of the orbiter on September 2, the next big day, after which two more manoeuvres will bring it closer to the lunar surface before it starts its powered descent on Day 48 after the launch. ISRO has made an official announcement through an official blog post and stated that the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver was completed successfully today and it took almost 1738 seconds to enter into moon's orbit.

Chennai: The insertion of India's spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, into the lunar orbit was a tense 30 minute operation, said ISRO Chairman K. Sivan.

Emphasizing the significance of landing on the Moon, Dr Sivan said the landing will be a terrific moment for him and his colleagues in ISRO, given the challenges involved in the mission. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2 - India's second lunar expedition - would shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, it's South Polar region.

The following manoeuvre within the lunar orbit is on August 28, ISRO mentioned.

"That was a finger lickin' lift off!"

A soft landing on the Moon would be a huge leap forward in India's space programme, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi determined to launch a manned mission into space by 2022. Then we'll deploy the ramp, which will touch the lunar surface after which solar panels will be deployed.

With this successful mission, India has become the fourth country to launch a spacecraft intact on the Moon.

ISRO chief K. Sivan explained the intricate manoeuvre was a key milestone for the Moon mission, adding he was hoping for a flawless landing next month. The lander-Vikram will finally land near the South Pole of the moon on September 7. When Will ISRO's GSLV-Mk III Reach Moon And What Will Happen After That?

K Sivan further added, "For 30 minutes, our heart was nearly stopping", describing how they were feeling when Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbit insertion maneuver cycle was being carried out.

Sivan said NASA's Artemis mission will use the data from Chandrayaan-2 to send astronauts to the moon by 2024, preparing the way for human missions to Mars. "Even a small error would have killed the mission", Indian Space Research Organization chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan said at a media briefing attended by AFP. The payload consists of three spacecraft: a vehicle created to orbit around the Moon, a lander called Vikram, and a rover called Pragyan. As the LTT progresses, the vehicle has entered the moon's orbit.