Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram separates from orbiter, begins journey to the Moon’s surface

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully separated the lander, Vikram Lander from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter’s today at 1:15pm (IST).

The Vikram Lander is currently located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km, while the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in its existing orbit.

ISRO reported that all the systems of Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter and Lander were healthy.

The health of the Orbiter and Lander is being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru along with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru.

The next maneuver is scheduled tomorrow (September 03, 2019) between 0845-0945 hrs IST.

The Chandrayaan 2 mission is India’s second effort to send a probe to study the Earth’s Moon. The mission has a orbiter and a lander that consists of the rover that will move on the lunar surface for around 14 Earth days.

According to ISRO the mission would also shed light on a completely unexplored region of the Moon, its South Pole. The mission is expected to help and give a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan-1 discovered the presence of water molecules on the Moon and new rock types with unique chemical composition.

Source : Various