India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission enters lunar orbit.
If the spacecraft lands successfully, India will become only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon, after the United States, the former Soviet Union and China.
The spacecraft will next perform a series of orbit maneuvers, positioning itself into a circular orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 62 miles (100 km) from the Moon’s surface.
From there, the lander — named Vikram, after the pioneer of the Indian space program Vikram Sarabhai — will separate from the main vessel and is planned to gently touch down on the moon’s surface near its south pole.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said Tuesday it expects the landing to happen on September 7.