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Chandrayaan 2: Lander Vikram successfully undergoes de-orbit manoeuvre

Chandrayaan 2’s moon lander Vikram underwent the first of two ‘de-orbiting’ manoeuvres on Tuesday morning.

The four-second operation performed from ISRO’s Bengaluru control centre has slightly trimmed the lander’s orbit towards its destination. This readies it for Saturday’s touchdown on moon.

Vikram now goes around in a slightly shorter orbit at a distance of 104 km x 128 km from the moon.

On Monday afternoon, Vikram, carrying a rover

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