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Chandrayaan-2 completes second de-orbiting manoeuvre

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Bengaluru: The second de-orbiting manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on September 4, beginning at 0342 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 9 seconds, according to ISRO.

The orbit of Vikram Lander is 35 km x 101 km. Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km and both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy. With this manoeuvre the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved.

The Lander is scheduled to powered descent between 0100 – 0200 hrs IST on September 7, 2019, which is then followed by touch down of Lander between 0130 – 0230 hrs IST, says an update from ISRO.

The ₹978-crore Chandrayaan 2 was launched on July 22 from Sriharikota by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III.

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IRCTC is starting its luxury train ‘Golden Chriot’ from tomorrow

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IRCTC, the online ticket booking arm of Indian Railways, is going to start services of its luxury train Golden Chariot once again. Officials said that we would like to inform you that IRCTC is going to conduct the voyages through Golden Chariot again from tomorrow on 14 March 2O21. The train operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) was temporarily closed last year due to a lack of passengers.

According to IRCTC, three packages have been kept on the train. This train will start from Bengaluru and return to Bengaluru via Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa. The booking of which can be done through the official website of the luxury train.

The Golden Chariot is equipped with padded furniture, renovated rooms and bathrooms, new linen and cutlery. This luxury train also has a smart TV with a Wi-Fi facility. Apart from this, security features like CCTV and fire protection have also been upgraded in the train. The food menu of the train has also been prepared in a new way. All safety standards will be followed in the wake of corona infection.

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