Chandrayaan-2 Shoots for the Moon, Achieves Lunar Transfer Trajectory

This image was taken by the Vikram lander aboard Chandrayaan-2 while it orbited Earth on August 3. Image credit: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

This image was taken by the Vikram lander aboard Chandrayaan-2 while it orbited Earth on August 3. Image credit: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

On August 14 at 2:21 a.m. IST (4:51 p.m. EDT August 13), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) conducted one final maneuver of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to raise its orbit and set its course for the Moon. This final maneuver follows five previous orbit-raising maneuvers since the spacecraft entered Earth orbit. The spacecraft’s liquid-fueled engine was fired for about 1,203 seconds to achieve a Lunar Transfer Trajectory. Lunar Orbital Insertion is currently slated for the morning of August 20 (the night of August 19 in the U.S.), and soft landing of the lander and rover is expected on September 7 (September 6 in the U.S.).

For more of our continuing coverage of the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon, visit the archived posts: India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission slated for July launch, Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed for safety checks, Chandrayaan-2 lifts off!

For continued updates and more information about the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, see ISRO’s home site for the Chandrayaan-2 mission. VIEW IMAGES

 

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