ISRO raises 'Chandrayaan-2' orbit around Earth further

India's second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2' has successfully raised its orbit around the Earth for the second time early on Friday, taking the spacecraft one step closer to the Moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The 15-minute manoeuvre was carried out at 1.08 am using the spacecraft's on-board propulsion system, the space agency said in a statement.

With this effort, the spacecraft was pushed to an orbit of 251 X 54,829 kilometres, it said.

ISRO announced that all the parameters of the spacecraft were normal. The third orbit raising manoeuvre will be performed on July 29, according to the space agency.

The ambitious project of sending a spacecraft with a moonlander and a rover was launched on July 22.

The ISRO is aiming for a soft landing of the lander in the South Pole region of the Moon where no country has gone so far.