Chandrayaan-2 now less than 200 kms away from the Moon at all times
Chandrayaan-2 will land a rover near the south pole of the Moon
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New Delhi: After successfully performing its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday, Chandrayaan-2, India’s first lunar lander mission, is a step closer to the moon.
The Chandrayaan-2 will now go through one final orbit manoeuvre. The next lunar orbit manoeuvre is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, between 18:00-19:00 hours IST. The spacecraft has reached into an orbit that is 124 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point, and 164 km at the farthest.
The mission has a few more milestones to cross before the lander and Rover components of the spacecraft, called Vikram and Pragyaan respectively, make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on September 7.
On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a key milestone in its journey to the Moon, after it entered the lunar orbit, almost 30 days after being launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan- 2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface.