After filling the citizens of the country with pride with its launch, Chandrayaan-2 is successfully crossing every step in its journey to the Moon. The GSLV MK-III 'Bahubali' Rocket has now completed the fifth and final earth bound orbit raising maneuver after two weeks of its journey.
The social media handles of the Indian Space Research Organisation and Chandrayaan-2 shared the good news that the maneuver was accomplished at 3.04 PM.
ISRO tweeted, “Fifth earth bound orbit raising maneuver for #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft has been performed today (August 6, 2019) at 1504 hrs (IST) as planned.”
In the graphic along with the tweet, ISRO stated, “Five done and flying forward.”
On their official website, ISRO shared further details that the orbit was completed ‘using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 1041 seconds. The orbit achieved is 276 x 142975 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal.”
About the Chandrayaan-2’s next step, it informed, “The next maneuver is Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI), which is scheduled on August 14, 2019, between 0300 – 0400 hrs (IST).”
The second, third and fourth earth bound orbit raising maneuveurs were completed on July 26, July 29 and August 2 respectively.
With the Chandrayaan-2, India attempts to become the first country to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s south polar region and the fourth-ever to soft land on the lunar surface.
The launch was performed with fanfare on July 22. Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the Moon on September 7.