Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2: ISRO

Chandryaan-2 set to release lunar lander Vikram today ISRO

Chandrayaan 2 Keeps Getting Closer To The Moon's Surface (Updated)

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in a statement that all on-board systems, not only the orbiter but also the Chandrayaan-2 landing module, remain active. Lander Vikram successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter at 1.15pm on Monday.

Chandrayaan 2's lunar lander, Vikram, has successfully detached itself from the spacecraft and is on its way to the Moon's South Pole after a month of flying through space.

The landing of Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon on September 7.

From there, the vessel is due to land on the lunar surface in the early hours of September 7th IST.

A successful mission will make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the United States and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.

The next Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on September 1 2019 between 1800-1900 hrs IST.

On Tuesday, the Vikram lander will move to a lower orbit - it will be 109 km at its nearest point from the moon and 120 km at the farthest.

Chandrayaan 2: Where Is The Spacecraft Now & When It Will Reach The Moon?

The separated module consists of the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyaan, which are in an integrated form.

The mission comprises of three parts, the orbiting spacecraft, the lander, and a rover called Pragyan. Launch took place July 22 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre atop of a GSLV Mk 3 launch vehicle, with five orbit raising maneuvers performed before trans-lunar injection August 13.

After a collection of earth-side orbit elevating manoeuvres, Chandrayan 2 was raised to 221 x 143,585km orbit getting it prepared for the translunar journey.

If the mission will be successful, then Indian will become the fourth country after the Soviet Union, US and China to achieve the feat. One of the major challenges would be dust: Chandrayaan-2 will shield itself from the sharp, jagged-edged dust blowing up from the surface of the Moon during the landing with a few operational tweaks in the spacecraft.

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