'Chandrayaan 2' successfully enters lunar orbit

In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the 'Chandrayaan-2' spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday.

Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 09:02 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement.

"The duration of maneuver was 1,738 seconds. With this, 'Chandrayaan-2' was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit," ISRO said.

Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on 'Chandrayaan-2' spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface, it said.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon.

Then, it will perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on September 7, ISRO stated.