Chandrayaan 2, Earth, earth orbit, Lunar trajectory, moon, ISROThree weeks after its launch, Chandrayaan-2 on Wednesday left Earth’s orbit moving towards the Lunar Transfer trajectory.

Earlier today at around 2.21 am, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully manoeuvred the spacecraft to moon’s orbit. This is India’s second lunar probe.

Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) is the crucial orbit raising manoeuvre. For today’s mission, the spacecraft’s liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds to shift the trajectory.

From July 23 to August 6, Chandrayaan-2’s orbit was increased five time in a progressive manner until it was ready to re-route its course.

The spacecraft is expected reach its final destination, the moon’s orbit on August 20, said the statement.

Another four TLI will be carried out to shift the spacecraft to moon’s orbit from the transfer trajectory once it reaches about 100 km from the moon’s surface.

The final orbit passes over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the surface.

Vikram, the spacecraft’s lander, is expected to soft-land on the south pole of the lunar surface on September 7. Once it lands, the rover will be set to explore the moon.

The Mission Operations Complex (MOX) located at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru monitors the proper functioning of the spacecraft. Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu also support the process.

The space agency confirmed that no incidents of malfunction has been reported in the spacecraft so far since its launch by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle.

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