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.
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.