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Chandrayaan-2 enters Moon’s orbit HIGHLIGHTS: Important step in landmark journey, says PM Modi

Chandrayaan-2, on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. (File AP Photo)

Chandrayaan 2 Today Live Updates: Chandrayaan-2, India s second lunar exploration mission, has been successfully placed in the orbit of the Moon on Tuesday, August 20. The Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed at 9.02 am as planned, ISRO said. The spacecraft will touch down on the Moon’s surface on September 7.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of ISRO, saying the latest manoeuvre was an "important step in the landmark journey to the Moon."

There will be four more orbit manoeuvres to enable the spacecraft to enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from Moon’s surface. Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2. Since its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has been in the orbit of the Earth. So far, the spacecraft has raised its orbit five times from July 23 to August 6.

According to ISRO, Chandrayaan2 will shed light on a completely unexplored region of the Moon, the South Pole. The mission s success will make India, the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to make a soft landing on the Moon.