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After final lunar orbit manoeuvre, ISRO readies for separation of lander

After final lunar orbit manoeuvre, ISRO readies for separation of lander

The duration of the maneuver was 1190 seconds. The orbit achieved was 119 km x 127 km, said ISRO.

According to ISRO, the next lunar orbit maneuver is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, September 1 between 18:00-19:00 hours IST.

Suyansh is among the 60 students who have been selected from across the country to watch India's ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan-2 landing on the surface of moon with Modi at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.

The spacecraft will then perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft-land in the South polar region of the Moon.

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With the final manoeuvre, the next task is the separation of Vikram lander from the spacecraft's orbiter which is slated for on Monday between 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm (IST).

"It is wonderful that Srijal will get an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister while we will be able to see the landing of Chandrayaan-2 live with him". It was an achievement in itself in India's second Moon mission.

The lander carrying the rover is set to make a soft-landing near the lunar South Pole on the seventh of next month. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar floor and research the exosphere (outer ambiance) of the Moon, whereas the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct floor and subsurface science experiments.

On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style. During its lifespan of one lunar day (14 Earth days), Pragyan, which can generate 50W power using solar energy, will move up to 500 metre and take images and analyse content on the lunar surface. The lander, under the impact of its initial speed, will also begin to revolve around the moon at first, with gradually decreasing radius.