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Chandrayaan-2 crossed a major milestone, now orbiting the moon: ISRO chief

File photo: ISRO Chief K Sivan. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 20, 2019, 11.50 AM (IST)

ISRO Chairperson K Sivan on Tuesday addressed the media after India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered Moon's orbit today, completing a key stage ahead of its scheduled landing on Moon on September 7.

"Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a major milestone today, the precise lunar orbit insertion maneuver was carried out at 9 am for about 30 minutes and Chandrayaan 2 was precisely inserted in the defined orbit," said ISRO chief K Sivan.

Talking about the execution of the mission Sivan said that the success rate of soft landings is only 37%. But we are confident about our landing mission. We have done everything humanly possible.

On September 7, the Vikram Lander will make a soft landing on the Moon at 1:55 AM.

Earlier today, Chandrayaan-2 successfully completed Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre at 9:02am. With this, Chandrayaan-2 has successfully inserted into the moon's orbit.

ISRO also informed that all the systems of Chandrayaan-2 are healthy.The next Lunar bound manoeuvre is scheduled on August 21.

On July 22, India had launched a rocket into space in a bid to perform a soft landing of a rover on the moon, the country's most ambitious mission which cements its position as a leading low-cost space power.

The Rs 978 crore ($137 million) mission, if successful, will enable India to carry out studies on the presence of water on the south pole of the moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have been on the moon.

(With inputs from agencies)