Chandrayaan-2's speed was trimmed from 2.4 km a second to 2.1 km a second, through commands sent from ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here in Bengaluru as the orbiter-lander-rover moved ever closer to the Moon's orbit. All spacecraft parameters of the spacecraft are normal, ISRO said in a statement.
"The duration of (the) manoeuvre was 1,738 seconds". With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a lunar orbit. "The manoeuvre took around 30 minutes and was put in a defined orbit in the ideal manner, now it will be going around the moon with an inclination of 88 degrees".
Now Chandrayaan-2 has entered the Moon's orbit, it will carry out a series of manoeuvres in the coming days before its lander attempts to touch down next month. Vikram lander will separate from the Orbiter and then enter into a 100km x 30km orbit around the Moon. When this orbit period is nearly completed, the Chandrayaan-2 lander (Vikram) will separate from the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft and it plans to slowly land near the moon's south pole.
This is said to be the biggest milestone achieved by Chandrayaan-2 so far.
India's Chandrayaan-2 mission is making moves to get to the moon: The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday during a challenging insertion maneuver.
The lander's powered descent will start at 1.55am on September 7 near the lunar South Pole, he said. The payload consists of three spacecraft: a vehicle created to orbit around the Moon, a lander called Vikram, and a rover called Pragyan.
If profitable, the mission will make India the fourth nation to mushy land a rover on the lunar floor after Russia, US and China. The orbiter has a mission life of a year and will take images of the lunar surface.
Now that the lunar capture, or entry of the spacecraft into lunar orbit, is complete without hitch or glitch, the 13-day (lunar-bound) phase of the mission begins.