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Moon lander separates from India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter

Xinhua | Published: September 03, 2019 16:47:59 | Updated: September 05, 2019 12:10:58

Moon lander separates from India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday said that Vikram Lander has successfully separated from India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter.

ISRO said in a statement that, "The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1315 IST today (Sept 2). The Vikram Lander is currently located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in its existing orbit."

ISRO added that all the systems of Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter and Lander are healthy.

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

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