Chandrayaan-2 enters new lunar orbit

Chandrayaan-2 enters new lunar orbit

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Chandrayaan-2 has lowered its orbit around the Moon, bringing the spacecraft less than 200 kilometres away from the lunar surface at all times. Chandrayaan-2 successfully performed its third orbit manoeuvre around the Moon Friday evening, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. Chandrayaan-2 is now one more manoeuvre away from launching the Vikram lander, which will attempt to land on the Moon on September 6.

Chandrayaan-2 is now flying around the Moon in an orbit of 124 kms x 164 kms -- at the closest point of the orbit, Chandrayaan-2 is 124 kilometres away from the Moon while at the farthest point it is 164 kilometres away. Chandrayaan-2 will perform another similar manoeuvre on September 1 and a day later, the lander Vikram will separate from the spacecraft and begin its own journey to the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the Moon.