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Chandrayaan-2 completes a year around the Moon

Chandrayaan-2 completes a year around the Moon

| @indiablooms | 21 Aug 2020, 12:21 am

Bengaluru/IBNS: India's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 completed one year around the Moon, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Thursday.

The mission Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22, 2019.

"With the goal of expanding the lunar scientific knowledge through detailed studies of topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and the lunar exosphere, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22nd July 2019 and inserted into the lunar orbit on 20th August 2019, exactly one year ago," ISRO said in a statement.

Though the soft-landing attempt was not successful, the orbiter, which was equipped with eight scientific instruments, was successfully placed in the lunar orbit.

The orbiter completed more than 4400 orbits around the Moon and all the instruments are currently performing well, ISRO said.

According to the space agency, the spacecraft is healthy and performance of subsystems are normal.

The orbiter is being maintained in 100 +/- 25 km polar orbit with periodic orbit maintenance (OM) manoeuvres.

So far, 17 OMs are carried out since achieving 100 km lunar orbit on September 2019.

There is adequate onboard fuel to remain operational for about seven years.


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