On Wednesday, August 13th, ISRO (the Indian Space Research Organization) announced that their lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory. The achievement was carried out after Chandrayaan-2 underwent the last orbit raising procedure with the help of the probe’s motors which had been fired for 1,203 seconds.
Ever since Chandrayaan-2 was deployed on Earth’s orbit on July 23rd, it has gradually expanded its orbit five times before being ready to go through the trans-lunar injection.
A trans-lunar injection (TLI) is a propulsive maneuver used to set a spacecraft on a trajectory that will cause it to arrive at the Moon. ISRO is continuously keeping track of the spaceship in order to make sure all of its tools and devices are working correctly from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru and also with the help of the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru. To this day, Chandrayaan-2 is behaving as it should be.
Chandrayaan-2 Entered The Lunar Transfer Trajectory
If everything works accordingly, Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to get close to the Moon on August 20th. Further on, the engines of the space probe are going to be fired for the rocket to be inserted into the Moon’s orbit. But the operations would not be completed not even then.
After Chandrayaan-2 ends up on the lunar orbit, there are four more maneuvers scheduled to be made for the probe to approach the Moon’s poles. At that time, Chandrayaan-2 will find itself at around 100 km distance from the lunar surface. In the second day of September the lander, called Vikram, will separate from the orbiter and after another five days, Vikram will attempt to land on the surface of Earth’s natural satellite.
The next step will be for the rover named Pragyan to begin its mission, and that is to map the location and the abundance of lunar water.
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