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Chandrayaan-2 in lunar orbit after tense 30 mins, to land on moon on Sept 7

The development is a significant milestone that brings India closer to joining a select group of nations that have explored the moon

GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh | Photo: ISRO
GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh | Photo: ISRO

India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, on Tuesday successfully entered the lunar orbit in a significant milestone.  The lander (Vikram), along with a rover (Pragyan), is expected to touch down on September 7 at 1.55 am. Chandrayaan-2's 384,000-km journey started on July 22 after the GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle lifted off from Isro's spaceport at Sriharikota, near Chennai. After 28 days, Isro on Tuesday successfully completed the lunar orbit insertion (LOI) manoeuvre. The duration of manoeuvre took nearly 29 minutes (1,738 seconds), beginning at 9.02 ...