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12:00 AM, August 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:38 AM, August 21, 2019

India’s Moon probe enters lunar orbit

India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit yesterday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks in space, the craft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. India is seeking to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon. If the rest of the mission goes to plan, the Indian probe will land on the lunar South Pole on September 7. To enter the final orbit over the lunar poles, Chandrayaan 2 will undergo four more similar manoeuvres, with the next scheduled for Wednesday. Chandrayaan 2 lifted off from India’s spaceport at Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh state on July 22.

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