1st de-orbit manoeuvre for Lander Vikram of Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft performed successfully

BENGALURU: As a prelude to the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar South Pole, its Lander Vikram has undergone its first de-orbit manoeuvre this morning. The national space agency Indian Space Research Organization has said, the operation has been held 8.50 a.m. It helped the Lander to arrive at a 104 by 128 kilometres orbit around the moon.

The second and final de-orbit mission scheduled for tomorrow would bring it further closer at 36 kilometres at the closest point and 110 kilometres at the farthest. It would pave way for its soft-landing near the lunar South Pole on 7th of September.

The Lander Vikram was successfully separated yesterday from the Orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, which in effect is the mother-craft. During the separation, the Lander also acquired almost the same orbit of the mother-craft.


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