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Chandrayaan-2 heading towards the ‘unexplored’ area of Moon

Chandrayaan-2 heading towards the ‘unexplored’ area of Moon

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New Delhi: Barely three days before Chandrayaan-2 makes its historic landing on the Moon, its orbiter on Wednesday successfully completed its final de-orbiting maneuver and is now headed towards the ‘unexplored’ South Pole of the satellite.

The lander Vikram is scheduled to make a controlled landing on the Moon’s surface on September 7.

An update from the Indian Space Research organization (ISRO) said, “With the manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the moon is achieved.” Both the orbiter and the lander are healthy, it said. The primary Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon at a distance of 96(125) km.

India’s second lunar expedition would shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Pole region.

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.

On the science front, this mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition—leading to a better understanding of the origin and the evolution of the Moon, ISRO said.

The successful completion of this mission will make India the fourth country after Russia, USA and china to pull off a soft landing on the moon.

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