Chandrayaan 2 — ISRO’s second moon mission — completed its final orbit-lowering manoeuvre yesterday (1 September) evening.
The final orbit lowering manoeuvre of Chandrayaan 2was conducted by scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday evening.
Seen as one of the most challenging moves of the mission, the Vikram lander, and Pragyan rover will separate out of the orbiter between 12:45 and 1:45 pm on September 2.
ISRO on Sunday said it has successfully performed the fifth and final lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for; the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft and was gearing up for separation of the lander from the orbiter on September 2.
The next big day is on September 7 when the descent to the lunar surface will begin. The indigenously designed spacecraft — comprising an orbiter, a lander, and a rover — is expected to touch down on the moon’s surface in the early hours of the morning of September 7.
A successful landing on the lunar surface will make India the fourth country in the world after the US ; and China to soft-land on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 will also be the first mission to land on the South Pole of the moon.
Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers from its surface.