Chandrayaan 2 moves higher in orbit

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Chandrayaan 2 moves higher in orbit

The on-board propulsion system was sacked for 989 seconds, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The third manoeuvre on the week-old Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander spacecraft pushed it to a planned higher orbit around earth on Monday afternoon.

"Third earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been performed successfully today at 15:12 hrs (IST) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 989 seconds". Since July 26, the spacecraft was moving in an orbit of 251 x 54,829 km. "Unlike a launch vehicle which we cannot guide once launched, we can keep adjusting the orbit of the spacecraft as needed", the official said. The 3,850-kg, Rs 978-crore spacecraft is a three-module composite made up of an orbiter, lander, and rover.

India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra's Nellore district at 2.43 pm.

The newest announcement calls for companies to push the boundaries of current technology to support the next generation of lunar landers that can land heavier payloads on the surface of the Moon, including the South Pole, as part of the agency's Artemis program, which will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, setting the stage for future human exploration of Mars.

Ahead of Independence Day, Chandrayaan-2 is expected to nudge towards its long 3.84 lakh km journey to the moon; the satellite will be given independence from Earth's gravity so that it can then be captured by the gravity of the moon in what is referred to as a "tricky operation".

Later, through a set of manoeuvres, the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the moon will be circularised at 100 km height from the lunar surface, it said. It will work for one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 Earth days, studying rocks and soil on the Moon's surface, according to news agency AFP.

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