Chandrayaan 2 rover enters new moon orbit

The Chandrayaan-2 lander and rover have lowered their orbit around the Moon a day after breaking from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and have started their own journey to the lunar surface. The first de-orbiting maneuver has been successfully performed at 8.50 am.

The Vikram lander houses the rover Pragyaan, which will land near the lunar South Pole on 7th September.

The Indian Space Research Organisation has got Vikram to enter a lower orbit around the Moon as compared to the orbit. It is now flying around the Moon in an orbit of 104 km x 128 km at the closest point of the orbit while at the farthest point the lander is 120 kilometres away.

Vikram will be performing another similar manoeuvre on Wednesday to bring itself into an even lower orbit of 36 km x 110 km around the Moon. On 7th September, Vikram will start a 15-minute powered descent at the end of which it will place Pragyaan on the surface of the Moon.

This will lead to Pragyaan finding water under the lunar surface as well as records of the origins of the Solar System, which will help the scientific community understand the origins of life.

Chandrayaan-2 will be continuing the findings of its predecessor Chandrayaan-1, which in 2008 confirmed the presence of water on the Moon.

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