Chandrayaan-2 gets closer to moon, ISRO performs 4th lunar orbit manoeuver

Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the moon’s polar synchronous orbit at an average height of a hundred kilometres.

Written by August 30, 2019 14:34

New Delhi: Chandrayaan 2, India’s second mission to the moon on Friday successfully completed its fourth orbit-lowering manoeuvre around the moon. ISRO confirmed that the lunar-bound manoeuvre, which was planned on August 30, was completed at 6.18 pm.

This was fourth round of orbit reduction manoeuvre and the last one would be held on Sunday evening.

On the 20th of this month, the day of the lunar ion of Chandrayaan-2, its farthest distance from the moon has been more than eighteen thousand kilometres. It has been gradually reduced to 1412 kilometres till the previous orbit reduction mission that was held last Wednesday.

With today’s mission followed by the final one on coming Sunday, Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the moon’s polar synchronous orbit at an average height of a hundred kilometres.

ISRO scientists say the path would be the most suited to separate the lander called Vikram from the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 on September 2, which is aimed at safely soft-landing near the lunar South Pole on the 7th of September.

India’s ambitious second expedition to the moon carries the dreams of 1.3 billion hearts as the lunar craft carrying a rover aims for the moon.