Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Inserted Into Lunar Orbit: ISRO


The insertion "was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST (0332 GMT) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon", Modi tweeted. "Whatever is humanly possible, has been done by us", Sivan told reporters.

The approach velocity had to be just right and the altitude over the moon rather precise.

India's Chandrayaan-2 mission is making moves to get to the moon: The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday during a challenging insertion maneuver.

Sivan has said that the around $140 million Chandrayaan-2 mission was the nation's most prestigious to date, in part because of the technical complexities of landing on the lunar surface-an event he described as "15 terrifying minutes". He was also the Project Director of India's first moon mission Chandrayaan-1. The next-than-expected strategy velocity would have bounced off the spacecraft into deep area, whereas a gradual strategy would have led to the moon's gravity to drag Chandrayaan 2 and crash it on the lunar floor. On this day, the lander "Vikram" and six-wheeled rover "Pragyan" will separate from Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft and move into an orbit of their own around the Moon.

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"Our heartbeats increased... for 30 minutes, our hearts nearly stopped". With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. Chandrayaan-2 Will carry forward India's legacy after the first lunar mission and the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.

The mission will focus on the lunar surface, searching for water and minerals and measuring moonquakes, among other things. It was launched on the top of an Indian GSLV MK-III rocket. According to the ISRO, the major landing is expected to take place on September 7. During this time, mission control will adjust the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft's orbit and position it over the poles. Similar to the previous mission, ISRO's goal with Chandryaan-2 to study the lunar surface. After landing the rover on the Moon surface, it will be one of the few countries (US, Russia, and China) who have successfully landed probes on the Moon's surface.

The Vikram lander is created to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 Earth days.