Chandrayaan 2 successfully completes de-orbiting

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

Subsequently the 3,840 kg spacecraft, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover, left Earth orbit on August 14 and was transferred to a Moon orbit through a manoeuvre called trans lunar insertion. It will be recalled that Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched on July 22 with Isro's GSLV MK-III-M1 rocket.

Two top-scoring students from each State and Union Territory are invited to ISRO, Bengaluru Centre to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon, live along with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7, 2019. The Pragyan rover - translates to "wisdom" in Sanskrit - is a 6-wheeled and AI-powered vehicle that has been integrated within the lander.

"No matter the outcome, it will be a success, not only for India but the planet", he added. The entire planet will benefit from the mission. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft continued to orbit the Moon at a perigee of 96 km and apogee of 125 km. "It's a very, very complex operation". The separation of the Vikram Lander from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter took place on Monday at 13.15 pm. Out of this, 16 Kendriya Vidyalaya students are selected to witness the moment in Bengaluru. In a major milestone for India's second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing LOI manoeuvre.

He said missions such as Chandrayaan-1, Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan were also aimed at enthusing the young generation to pursue basic science and further develop Indian aerospace industry.

Chandrayaan-1 also discovered water ice in the North polar region besides detecting magnesium, aluminium and silicon on the lunar surface while global imaging of the moon was another achievement of the mission.