India’s first ever unmanned lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 on Wednesday reached its final orbital home, about 100 kms over the moon surface after ISRO scientists successfully carried out the last critical orbit lowering operation.
The satellite will remain in the present operational orbit for about two years carrying a range of experiments.
The final 60-second manouvere carried out from a ground station in Bangalore put the satellite into the intended orbit, exactly three weeks after it began its voyage to the outer space after it blasted off atop a polar rocket from Sriharikota spaceport.
ISRO said the next major event of Chandrayaan-1 is the release of Moon Impact Probe (MIP) from the spacecraft which will land on the Moon’s surface. This is expected to happen on Friday and scientists hope to get the first signals in about 20 minutes after the MIP hits the lunar surface.