Bengaluru: India’s second mission to the moon is nearing to its ultimate objective each day. It had finished its last procedure, which is the separation of the Lander, Vikram, from the main module.
The ISRO in a statement said, “The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1315 Hrs IST today (September 02, 2019). The Vikram Lander is currently located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in its existing orbit.”
The Orbiter and the Lander is being monitored from Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) located in Bengaluru. The next manoeuvre is scheduled for tomorrow.
The final orbital change of Chandrayaan 2 was completed on Sunday.
The Lander will make a soft landing on the lunar surface on 7 September between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. Once Vikram the Lander is on the lunar surface, a rover called Pragyan will activate and explore the moon’s surface.
Pragyan will perform chemical analysis on the lunar surface and rely the information to Earth via the Orbiter above.