BENGALURU || India’s Moon Mission – Chandrayaan2, crossed its most difficult phase with the completion of the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) on Tuesday, The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced. The duration of manoeuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST, it further said.
Following this, a series of orbit manoeuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the moon’s surface, ISRO said in a post on its website.
“Subsequently, the lander will separate from the orbiter and enter into a 100 km x 30 km orbit around the moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex braking manoeuvres to soft-land in the south polar region of the moon on September 7, 2019,” ISRO stated further.
The process of setting down Chandrayaan 2 on the moon was very complex since it blasted off at a velocity of 39,240 kilometres per hour, which is almost 30 times the speed at which sound travels through air, an official said while pointing out that this was a major success for India’s Moon Mission.