India’s first moon lander – Vikram – reached close to the moon with the Indian Space Agency on Tuesday, successfully completing the first of two de-orbital operations.
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the de-orbital operation began at 8:50 am as per the plan. The operation was successfully carried out using the onboard propulsion system for 4 seconds.
The orbit of Vikram Lander is 104 km x 128 km.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon in its current orbit and both the orbiter and the lander are healthy.
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The next day-orbiting operation is scheduled for Wednesday between 3:30 am-4:30pm.
On Monday afternoon, Vikram separated from his mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2.
Vikram is scheduled to land on the Moon’s southern polar region on September 7 between 1:30 and 2.30 pm.
After the touch of the moon by Vikram, the rover – Pragyan – would roll down from the east, for which research was done.
Meanwhile, the orbiter keeps flying around the moon.
On 22 July, Rs. The 978-crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style launch.