India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 completes one year in orbit

Launched on July 22, 2019 and having been inserted into the lunar orbit on August 20, India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on August 20, 2020, completed one year in orbit around the moon, said the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Informing further, the space agency ISRO said that all the instruments are currently performing well and added that there is adequate fuel onboard to keep it functional for about seven more years. “Though the soft-landing attempt (of the lander carrying the rover) was not successful, the orbiter, which was equipped with eight scientific instruments, was successfully placed in the lunar orbit. The orbiter completed more than 4,400 orbits around the Moon and all the instruments are currently performing well,” ISRO said.

Adding further, it said, “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 24th September 2019. There is adequate onboard fuel to remain operational for about seven years.”

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