India’s indigenous satellite Chandrayaan-2 was perfectly placed into the lunar orbit in a tense gripping situation by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at 9.02 AM on Tuesday.
The 3850 kg Chandrayaan-2 which got launched on July 22 is set to land on the far side of the Moon on September 7 at 1.55 AM.
ISRO chief K Sivan described the moments before the Lunar Orbiter Insertion (LOI) of the Chandrayaan-2 to be “terrifying” and their hearts stopped in anticipation and hailed the successful LOI as a “major milestone”.
Chandrayaan-2 will now have to go through four more orbits to land on Moon’s surface. The next orbit insertion is decided on August 21 around 1 PM.
Chandrayaan-2 mission is to unearth traces of water on the dark side or South Pole of the moon’s surface. India is the fourth country after Russia, USA and China to attempt soft ball landing on the surface of the moon.