The Vikram Lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission successfully carried out the second de-orbiting maneuver in the early hours of 4 September 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
The nine-second maneuver was performed at 3.42 am. With this, the Lander is ready to begin its final descent to the moon, which is scheduled on September 7.
- With this manoeuvre the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved, ISRO said in a statement.
- The Lander, which carries the Pragyaan rover inside, is scheduled to commence its descent to the surface of the Moon between 1-2 am on 7 September 2019, and will touch down between 1.30-2.30 am.
- The first de-orbiting manoeuvre was carried out at 8.50 am on 3 September 2019. The four-second manoeuvre was performed a day after the Vikram Lander separated from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. Both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.
- In the last week, India’s second lunar mission has taken several steps and is just days away from creating history as it prepares for a soft landing on the surface of the Moon.
- The Vikram lander separated from the main spacecraft module on 2 September 2019 and is orbiting the Moon independently. It will orbit the Moon and relay information to ISRO for at least one year.
- The main spacecraft module of Chandrayaan-2 had reached the near-circular orbit. Its orbit is 119 km from the moon’s surface at its nearest and 127 km at the farthest, according to the information given in the ISRO statement.