Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's third orbit, confirms ISRO

  • Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's third orbit, confirms ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's third orbit, confirms ISRO

An update on Day 38 of the launch said, "The third lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 28) beginning at 0904 hours IST using the onboard propulsion system".

The second moon mission from India, Chandrayaan 2, has successfully carried out a series of orbit manueovres to lower its orbit around the moon for a third time, ISRO confirmed in a tweet. "All spacecraft parameters are normal". The fourth lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on August 30 between 6 pm and 7 pm when the lander Vikram will separate from the spacecraft.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft had successfully entered the lunar orbit on 20 August by performing Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver.

Two more burns or the firing of the propulsion system will happen to reduce the apolune or the point at which a spacecraft in lunar orbit is furthest from the moon.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Wednesday completed another lunar-bound manoeuvre and put Chandrayaan-2 in a new orbit around Moon.

ISRO said Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. The photographs show the surface of the moon and its craters taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru, the space agency has said.

"The next major milestone will be when the lander separates from the orbiter on September 2".

On the morning of August 20, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the Moon's orbit.

The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface.