SPACE … Chandrayaan-2 leaves Earth’s orbit, heads for Moon; landing on surface September 7

BENGALURU: With Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft having departed from Earth’s orbit on Wednesday, the mission is progressing as scheduled and would reach Moon’s orbit on August 20, to land on the Lunar surface on September 7.
ISRO said in an announcement that the orbiter craft was put in the path of Moon, some 3.84km away, in the wee hours of Wednesday. 

“Its orbit was raised for the sixth and last time on the Earth side from ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru at 2.21am. Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) manoeuvre was performed on August 14 at 0221hours IST as planned,” ISRO added. IHN-NN


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