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Chandrayaan-1 gets closer to moon

The artist's concept shows the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1. Credit: ISRO

Bangalore (PTI): The fourth orbit-raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-1 was carried out today which took the lunar spacecraft closer to the moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation said here.
During this operation at 0738 hours, the spacecraft's 440 Newton liquid engine was fired for about three minutes, the Bangalore-headquartered space agency said in a statement.

"With this, Chandrayaan-1 entered into a more elliptical orbit whose apogee (farthest point to earth) lies at 2,67,000 km while the perigee (nearest point to earth) lies at 465 km. Thus, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft's present orbit extends more than half the way to the moon," ISRO said.

In this orbit, the spacecraft takes about six days to go round the earth once.

The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Byalalu near here.

ISRO said all systems on board the spacecraft are performing normally.

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