Chandrayaan-2 all set to enter Lunar orbit tomorrow

The Lunar Orbit Insertion of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, launched from the SHAR Range in Sriharikota on July 22, would be carried out on Tuesday, for a scheduled soft landing on hitherto unexplored frontier–Moon’s South Polar Region–on September seven.

Scientists of the Indian Space Agency will fire the spacecraft’s liquid engine to insert Chandrayaan-2, which had successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14, into the Lunar Orbit between 0830 hrs to 0930 hrs tomorrow to raise its orbit to 118 x 18,078.

ISRO sources said, ever since its launch by the GSLV MKIII-M1 vehicle, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively increased five times from July 23 to August six, before entering the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.

The health of the spacecraft was being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru.

All systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal. After insertion into the Lunar orbit, there will be four orbit manoeuvers to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface.