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20 August 2019
India’s second lunar exploration mission has entered the Moon’s orbit, nearly a month after blasting off, officials have said.
Chandrayaan-2 began its orbit of the Moon at 09:02 local time (04:32 GMT) on Tuesday.
The craft completed the manoeuvre in around 30 minutes, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the mission as “an important step in the landmark journey”.
K Sivan, head of Isro, said he was confident Chandrayaan-2 would land on the Moon as planned on 7 September.
“Whatever is humanly possible, has been done by us,” he told reporters at a news conference.