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Important step in landmark journey to Moon: PM Modi on Chandrayaan-2 entering lunar orbit

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI New Delhi, India Aug 20, 2019, 05.00 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Chandrayaan 2 entering the moon's orbit.

In a tweet, Modi said this was an important step in the landmark journey to the moon.

"Congratulations to Team ISRO on Chandrayaan 2 entering the moon's orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination," the Prime Minister said.

ISRO chief K Sivan on Tuesday announced at Bengaluru that Chandrayaan 2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit and soft landing on the moon will take place on September 7.

Sivan also said that an invitation has been extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to witness the landing. 

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Israel on Tuesday congratulated India for successfully placing Chandrayaan-2 in moon's orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) earlier in the day announced that Chandrayaan-2 was successfully placed in the moon's orbit.

The Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre which took a little over 28 minutes was completed at 9:02 am.

Chandrayaan will attempt to make a landing on the moon next month and Tel Aviv wished India success for the mission.

"Congratulations to India and Team @ISRO for successfully completing Lunar Orbit insertion of Chandrayaan2. Good Luck for a successful & soft landing on the moon next month!" tweeted Israel embassy in India.

Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as "composite body".

The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon.