Chandrayaan -2 India’s lunar exploration mission and its timeline

Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission developed by Indian Space Research organization(ISRO). It aims at making a soft landing at Moon’s south pole region to map the location and abundance of lunar water.

If successful India will be fourth country to make a soft landing after USSR, USA and China.

The Timeline:

  • 18 September 2018 – approval of the project by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • On July 14, 2019, the launch countdown of GSLV MKIII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 commenced at 06.51 am.
  • July 22, 2019, was the revised launch date after a technical snag was observed just before the launch.
  • July 24, 2019, first orbit raising maneuver.
  • July 26, 2019, second orbit raising maneuver.
  • July 29, 2019, third orbit raising maneuver.
  • August 02, 2019 fourth orbit-raising maneuver.
  • August 06, 2019 fifth orbit-raising maneuver.
  • August 20, 2019, lunar orbit insertion.
  • August 21, 2019, second lunar orbit insertion.
  • August 28, 2019, third lunar orbit insertion.
  • August 30, 2019, fourth lunar orbit insertion.
  • September 01, 2019, fifth lunar orbit insertion.
  • September 02, 2019, separation of Vikram lander from orbiter.
  • September 07, 2019, an attempt to land Vikram but the communication link was broken when the Vikram was at about 2.1km distance from the surface of the moon.
  • September 09, 2019, orbiter sends image of Vikram lander but the communication link is yet to be establisbhed.

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