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Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters moon's orbit

File photo: Chandrayaan-2 lifted off from Sriharikota. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 20, 2019, 10.07 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Chandrayaan-2, the second generation moon mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully completed Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre on Tuesday at 9:02am.

With this, Chandrayaan-2 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.

Once it's in lunar orbit 100 kilometres above the surface, the spacecraft will send a lander on a controlled descent to the surface.

The lander will then release a six-wheeled solar-powered rover that will cover about 200 metres of lunar territory.

The aim of the fourteen-day mission is to examine the surface, gathering data on minerals and even water in the form of ice.

It will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. The rover will remain on the moon for 14 days.

Chandrayaan-2 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on July 22.