Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Indian moon mission's landing module separates from orbiter:The Asahi Shimbun

Sandy Nunez | 04 October, 2019, 09:58

As per the tentative plan the first deorbit will take place on Tuesday between 9 am and 10 am and the second one on Wednesday between 3 pm and 4 pm.

ISRO chairman K Sivan has said the soft-landing on the Moon would be a "terrifying" moment as it is something the has not done before, whereas the Lunar Orbit Insertion manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission.

Vikram also carries a rover, dubbed Pragyan, that weighs about 60 lbs.

The 1,471-kilogram lander is named for Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The landing module will travel to the lunar surface while the orbiter will continue spinning around the Moon for one year, taking pictures of its surface and collecting data on its exosphere or outer atmosphere.

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All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said after the maneuver on the spacecraft.

Fourth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 30, 2019) at 1818 hrs IST. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit August 20, then carrying out five orbit lowering burns before the final, 52-second burn Sunday. The Isro scientists will perform the first of the two de-boosting manoeuvres tomorrow between 9am and 10am to bring down the lander-rover to a 36kmx100 km orbit around the moon.

On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

He has been selected to watch the live landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar surface with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as "composite body".