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India's Chandrayaan-2 performs final lunar orbit manoeuvre

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The final and fifth lunar bound orbit maneuver for India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Sunday, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

ISRO said in a statement that, "The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (Sept. 1) beginning at 1821 IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 52 seconds. The orbit achieved is 119 km x 127 km."

All spacecraft parameters are normal, it said.

The next operation is the separation of Vikram Lander from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which is scheduled on Sept. 2.

Launched on July 22, its lander named "Vikram" will attempt to make a soft-landing on the Lunar surface on Sept. 7. The lander has been named in honor of the father of Indian space research program Vikram Sarabhai.

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