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Chandrayaan 2 successfully completes de-orbiting

Bengaluru | Chandrayaan-2 completed yet another goal in its journey to Moon when it successfully performed the second de-orbiting.

In a press release about the development, Isro said the manoeuvre was performed successfully as planned within nine seconds.

“The second de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 04, 2019) beginning at 0342 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 9 seconds,” Isro said in a press release.

Isro said Chandrayaan-2 continues to orbit the Moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km. It said both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.

“With this manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence it descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved. The Lander is scheduled to powered descent between 0100 – 0200 hrs IST on September 07, 2019, which is then followed by touch down of Lander between 0130 – 0230 hrs IST”, stated ISRO.

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