Added on : 2019-09-01 21:21:38
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed that the fifth and the final lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Sunday. It was done using the onboard propulsion system.
The orbit manoeuvre began at 6:21 pm (Indian Standard Time) on September 1, and took approximately 52 seconds to complete. The orbit achieved was 119 km x 127 km, said ISRO. All spacecraft parameters are normal.
Taking to Twitter, the ISRO announced the milestone achieved in India's moon mission and said, "The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 01, 2019) at 1821 hrs IST."
ISRO also posted a picture depicting the final manoeuvre of the spacecraft and on the picture captioned, "Hi five from Chandrayaan-2 to you!", resonating the fifth orbit manoeuvre performed.
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).