Fourth orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan2 successful ISRO

first_imgBengaluru: India’s Chandrayaan-2 continued its voyage to the Moon with the spacecraft’s orbit around the Earth being raised on Friday for the fourth time since its launch last month and all its parameters are normal, space agency ISRO said. The fourth orbit raisingmanoeuvre was performed “successfully today as planned using onboard propulsionsystem for a firing duration of 646 seconds,” the city-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation said in a statement here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The next orbit raising operation is scheduled onAugust 6. The 3,850-kg three-module Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 into an eliptical orbit around the Earth with the aim of landing a rover in the uncharted Lunar South Pole on September 7, marking a giant leap in the country’s space programme. The mission, if successful, will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to make a soft landing on the moon. With Friday’s orbit raising, ISRO has completed four of the 15 critical manoeuvres planned by it to take the spacecraft to the moon, which is at a distance of nearly four lakh kms from the Earth, and make the soft landing. The earlier orbit raising manoeuvres were carried out successfully on July 24, 26 and 29.last_img

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