ISRO tweets "Nearing Our Destination," As Chandrayaan 2 Enters Moon Orbit

ISRO tweets "Nearing Our Destination," As Chandrayaan 2 Enters Moon Orbit

ISRO tweets "Nearing Our Destination," As Chandrayaan 2 Enters Moon Orbit 

New Delhi: The India's ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered the moon's orbit this morning, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the moon, space agency ISRO said the move was completed in 1738 seconds. The milestone was achieved after nearly a month of space travel.

ISRO tweeted, "Nearing our destination," as it gave updates of the make-or-break process. The insertion "was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST (0332 GMT) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of manoeuver was 1738 seconds," the space agency said.

Today's insertion was one of the trickiest operations in the mission because if the satellite had approached the moon at a higher velocity, it would have bounced off and got lost in deep space.

And had it approached at a slow velocity, the moon's gravity would have pulled it towards it, causing a crash.

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The reports say that, if the rest of the mission goes to plan, Chandrayaan 2 will land on the lunar South Pole on September 7. If everything goes well, India will become the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to land a spacecraft on the moon.

 

Indian Space Research Organisation had launched Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh on July 22. The lift-off was successful in its second attempt, a week after it was aborted just under an hour from its launch due to a technical glitch.

The main highlight of the mission was its low cost, with just about Rs. 1,000 crore spent - a much smaller price tag compared to similar missions by other countries.

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(With inputs from AFP)

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