Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit, moving towards moon: ISRO

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 14, 2019

ISRO on Sunday released the first set of images of earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 from outer space.

Chandrayaan 2 was successfully launched on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. If the Chandrayaan-2 team, led by project director M Vanitha and mission director Ritu Karidhal, is able to land the lunarcraft successfully in the wee hours of September 7, India will become the fourth country in the world to land its spacecraft on Moon.

The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter-lander-rover trio, known collectively as the "composite" will has now been put on a "lunar transfer trajectory".

"Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) manoeuvre was performed today (August 14, 2019) at 0221 hrs IST as planned".

India's second moon mission "Chandrayaan-2" left the earth's orbit early on Wednesday, 23 days after being launched, and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The spacecraft's liquid engine will be fired to insert Chandrayaan-2 into the impending lunar orbit. By this process, the Chandrayaan-2 will be around the moon on August 20.

The health of the spacecraft is also 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 Byalalu, near Bengaluru. The fifth manoeuvre was conducted successfully on August 6 when the propulsion system was sacked for a duration of 1,041 seconds, following which Isro had said all the lunarcraft's parameters were normal.

Since its launch on July 22, 2019 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, all systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal, it said.

Then, the spacecraft will have four-orbit manoeuvres around the moon and finally enter the final orbit, closest to the moon's surface - at a distance of about 100 km. According to ISRO, at around 3.30 on Wednesday morning we made a significant change, which is called trans-lunar injection.

Following the landing, the rover will roll out and carry out experiments on the surface of the moon. The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 project will take 48 days to complete the task of landing on the Moon. While the orbiter would revolve around the moon for an year, Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan have a lifespan of 14 days, after starting operations on the lunar surface.

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