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ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Completes 5th Orbital Manoeuvre

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The Indian space agency on Tuesday successfully raised Chandrayaan-2’s orbit for fifth time at 3:04pm.According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 was raised to an orbit of 276×142,975km by firing the spacecraft’s onboard motors for 1,041 seconds.All spacecraft parameters were normal.The next manoeuvre is Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI), which is scheduled for August 14, 2019, between 3-4am.On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45,475km by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style.The spacecraft comprises three segments – the Orbiter (weighing 2,379kg, eight payloads), the lander ‘Vikram’ (1,471kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27kg, two payloads).The Indian space agency said the major activities include Earth-bound manoeuvres, the trans-lunar insertion, lunar-bound manoeuvres, Vikram’s separation from Chandrayaan-2 and touch down on the Moon’s South Pole.The ISRO said the trans-lunar insertion of Chandrayaan-2, which will send it to the moon, is scheduled on August 14.After that, the Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach the Moon by August 20 and the lander Vikram will land on the Earth’s sole satellite on September 7.

Source : NDTV

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