Chandrayaan 2 to release its lunar lander Vikram today

Bengaluru | The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) is scheduled to separate lander Vikram from Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter on Monday.

It will be launched between 12.45 p.m. and 1.45 p.m. IST.

The final and fifth lunar-bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully on Sunday, Isro said in an update.

The Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft on September 1 evening underwent a small, fifth and final orbit manoeuvre to refine its circular path around the moon.

The operation lasted less than a minute, the Indian Space Research Organisation said in an update. All spacecraft parameters are normal. The lunar orbiter-lander now has an orbit of 119 km x 127 km.

The duration of the manoeuvre was 52 seconds.

“All spacecraft parameters are normal,” Isro said on its website.

The separation of the lander Vikram, which is riding atop the main craft, on Monday afternoon will be a key event for Chandrayaan’s southern moon exploration mission.

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