Closer to moon, ‘Vikram’ separates from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter


 “The health of the orbiter and lander is being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex. All the systems of Chandrayaan 2 orbiter and lander are healthy,” ISRO tweeted on Monday after the successful separation of the advanced moon lander  ‘Vikram’  from India’s moonshot Chandrayaan 2 orbiter. The separation was scheduled between 12:45 PM and 1:45 PM (IST) on Monday.

Lander ‘Vikram’ will reach lunar surface on September 7. This orbiter will study about the exosphere (outer atmosphere) and will conduct surface and surface science experiments on the Moon. The orbiter is carrying  a rover ‘Pragyan’ which will carry out experiments on the lunar soil.

Chandrayaan 2 had lifted off from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 22 in the second attempt successfully. The lift-off was aborted in the first attempt due to some technical glitch.

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