India's Chandrayaan-2 enters circular orbit, ready for lander-orbiter separation
India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully completed its fifth and final lunar orbit maneuver on Sunday, setting the stage for the release of the country's first lunar lander.
The separation of Chandrayaan-2 module (lander Vikram and rover Pragyan) is scheduled between 12:45 p.m. to 1: 45 p.m. India Standard Time Monday, The Times of India reported, citing a scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),
The ISRO said in a statement on its Twitter account that the final maneuver, which was performed successfully, lasted for 52 seconds. And the orbit achieved is 119 km x 127 km.
"All spacecraft parameters are normal," the ISRO said.
Launched on July 22, the lander Vikram, which has been named in honor of the father of Indian space research program Vikram Sarabhai, will attempt to make a soft-landing on the lunar surface on Sept. 7.
(Cover photo from the twitter account of the Indian Space Research Organisation.)