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Chandrayaan-2 leaves Earth’s orbit, moving towards moon (Source: The Hindu 14-08-2019)

Chandrayaan-2 lift-off

Chandrayaan-2 lift-off  


                  India’s lunar lander- orbiter craft ‘Chandrayaan-2’ was put in the path of moon, some 3.84 lakh km away, in the wee hours of Wednesday, ISRO said.


              Its orbit was raised for the sixth and last time on the earth side from ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru at 2.21 a.m. Post operation, the spacecraft is functioning normally, ISRO said. “Today (August 14, 2019) after the Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) maneuver operation, #Chandrayaan2 will depart from Earth’s orbit and move towards the Moon (sic),” the ISRO tweeted.


           It will travel for the next seven days and get close to moon on August 20, when its orbit will be altered frequently to make it revolve around moon. The spacecraft carries lander Vikram and rover Pragyan on it. The mission is the country's first lunar soft-landing attempt. The landing itself is slated for September 7.