Currently orbiting the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 has made it a step closer to its eventual destination on the lunar surface. ISRO on Friday evening announced that the spacecraft has successfully completed the fourth orbit maneuver at 18:18 hours IST. The spacecraft is expected to make its soft-landing on September 7 at 1:40 am IST with the ISRO chief describing the moment-of--truth as '15 minutes of terror'.
Here's the official tweet by ISRO announcing the orbit maneuver-
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) August 30, 2019
Fourth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (August 30, 2019) at 1818 hrs IST.
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Chandrayaan-2 is just days away from sending its lander to the Moon, as it successfully completed the Fourth Lunar Orbit Maneuver. The duration of the maneuver was 1155 seconds and the orbit achieved is 124 km x 1164 km. All spacecraft parameters are normal and the next lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on September 01, 2019 between 1800-1900 hrs IST, ISRO said. This maneuver will put the spacecraft on a circular path that passes over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the surface. Entering this circular orbit is the mission's final milestone before the Vikram lander separates from the orbiter to make its planned soft-landing on the Moon's surface on 7 September.
Chandrayaan 2 had on August 28 hit a milestone by completing its Third Lunar Bound Orbit maneuver and had officially gone further - i.e. closer to the Moon - than its predecessor Chandrayaan 1. The main goal of the mission is to bring answers to the questions about the solar system that can be discovered by exploring the craters, valleys, and hills on the moon. Landing on the Moon is also a good way to test the technologies required for future missions in discovering space and India will become a significant contributor in uncovering the secrets of the universe.