Chandrayaan-2 Heads Towards The Moon After Successfully Exiting Earth’s Orbit

Chandrayaan-2 is now moving towards the moon as it successfully landed on the moon’s path after exiting the Earth’s orbit. This comes after ISRO carried out a crucial process to manoeuvre India’s second lunar probe out of the earth’s orbit at 2.21 am on 14th August, as it was planned.

India’s space agency, ISRO, said in a statement, “The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today at 02:21 am IST. During this manoeuvre, the spacecraft’s liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory”. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20 and the rocket’s lander, Vikram is expected to land on the moon on September 7.

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It’s for the very first time that Indian scientists are attempting a soft landing on the moon; a feat achieved by only four nations so far namely US, Russia and China. Not just that, Chandrayaan-2 is also India’s lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before – the Moon’s South Polar region. Evidence for water molecules on the moon discovered by Chandrayaan-1 prompted the scientists to go on a quest to find water in the celestial body. Further, ISRO is also aiming to improve our understanding of the Moon – discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole. If successful, the year 2019 would be remembered in space history for a really long time.

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