NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that Chandrayaan-2 was successfully placed in the moon’s orbit on Tuesday.
ISRO has said the significant milestone was achieved after Chandrayaan 2's liquid engine was ignited for around 1738 seconds.
“Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km”, ISRO said in a statement.
The space agency added that following this a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface.
India's second moon mission 'Chandrayaan-2' left the earth's orbit on August 14.
According to the report, the health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru.
On July 22, India had launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole.
The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth's orbit.
It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of the moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7.
If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 comes 11 years after ISRO's successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 which scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.