Vastavam web: In a significant milestone for India’s Moon mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will fire Chandrayaan-2’s liquid engine on Tuesday to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit. “It’s tomorrow morning (tentatively between 8.30 am and 9.30 am). It’s challenging,” Isro Chairman K Sivan said on Monday on the operation to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon.
Following this, there will be further four orbit manoeuvres to make the spacecraft enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from Moon’s surface, Isro has said. Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2, according to the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency.
The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru. All systems on board Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal, Isro said on August 14. According to Isro, Chandrayaan-2 India’s second lunar expedition will shed light on a completely unexplored region of the Moon, its South Pole.