Chandrayaan 2’s orbiting manoeuvre was executed successfully

The second de-orbiting manoeuvre of the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft has been successfully carried out inching towards achieving a historic soft-landing on the lunar surface.

The nine-second de-orbiting or retro-orbiting manoeuvre has been executed at 3:42 am using the onboard propulsion system.

The first de-orbiting manoeuvre for the spacecraft was carried out, a day after lander ‘Vikram’ was separated from the orbiter.

While the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft has continued to orbit the moon at a perigee of 96 km and apogee of 125 km, the Vikram Lander is at an orbit of 35 km perigee and 101 km apogee.

It has further said that the moon lander Vikram is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on 7th September followed by touch down of the lander between 1:30 am and 2:30 am.

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