Chandrayaan-2 leaves Earth's orbit, enters lunar trajectory

Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit 23 days after its launch moving towards moon

ISRO`s Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth`s orbit, enters lunar transfer trajectory

During the orbit raising manoeuvre on Wednesday, the spacecraft's liquid engine was sacked for about 1,203 seconds. The critical commands for Wednesday's shift away from the earth were beamed from Isro's Telemetry Tracking and Command Network Station (ISTRAC) here. The agency claimed the spacecraft crew is in good health and all systems on board the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normally. The good news comes several days after the last update we heard from the agency: that the fifth and final Earth-bound orbit-raising of the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was completed on 6 August. ISRO says Vikram will make a powered landing on September 7 and soft-land on the lunar south pole.

India has already laid claim to be the fourth country to drop its flag on the Moon, after Chandrayaan-1's impactor hit the Moon's south pole in 2008. Then, Chandrayaan-2's orbit will be circularized at a height of 100 kilometres from the moon's surface, said K Sivan, ISRO chairman, to TOI.

The launch of Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district, Tamil Nadu.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission is the first ISRO mission to have a woman mission director, Ritu Karidhal. She is also set to oversee the spacecraft's launch into the lunar orbit along with the functioning of the orbiter, its release, landing of Vikram and the rover - Pragyan as well as their research operations on the Moon's surface. Instruments are also mounted on the Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments. The Chandrayaan-1 orbiter's mission ended earlier than planned after power supply problems left the spacecraft derelict in lunar orbit. With this, the lunar probe has made an entry in the Trans Lunar Trajectory. If successful, the Indian space agency will join an exclusive group of nations -Russia, the United States and China - to land on the moon.

A passive experiment from U.S. space agency NASA will also be carried onboard Chandrayaan- 2, ISRO has said.

The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunarsurface.

The spacecraft's three components - the orbiter, lander and the rover - carry instruments to study the lunar surface, minerals and the exosphere composition and to search for water ice near the lunar polar regions.

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