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Chandrayaan 2: Vikram lander successfully completes first deorbit maneuver

By Simran Kashyap
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New Delhi, Sep 03: The first de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today, September 03, 2019.

Chandrayaan 2: Vikram lander successfully completes first deorbit maneuver

ISRO, while informing about the successful completion of the first deorbit maneuver, tweeted: "The first de-orbit maneuver for Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 0850 hours IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 4 seconds.''

Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram separated from orbiter, begins journey to the Moon

Provided additional information on its website, The Indian space agency said,''The orbit of Vikram Lander is 104 km x 128 km. Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in the existing orbit and both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.''

''The next de-orbiting maneuver is scheduled on September 04, 2019 between 0330 - 0430 hrs IST,'' it said.

With this maneuver, the Vikram lander module of Chandrayaan 2 mission is now just a few steps away from making contact with the lunar surface.

The landing phase of the spacecraft is considered to be the most challenging part of the whole mission. The 15-minute long powered descent phase on September 7 will be the most crucial phase of the mission. This is the first time ISRO will be attempting to soft-land a spacecraft.

Vikram is expected to touchdown on the lunar surface between 1.30 am and 2.30 am on September 7.

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