TIL Desk/National/Ahmedabad/ India’s second moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20 and land on the lunar surface on September 7, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Dr K Sivan said on Monday. The spacecraft is all set to leave the earth’s orbit after two days, he told reporters.
Sivan was on the city to take part in the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, regarded as the father of India’s space programme. The 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, which was launched on July 22, would make a landing on the moon on September 7, the ISRO chief said.
launching Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, we did five manoeuvres. The Chandrayaan-2
composite body is now revolving around the earth,” he said. The next very
important and crucial manoeuvre will happen on Wednesday morning. “At
around 3.30 am on August 14, we are going to have a manoeuvre called
trans-lunar injection. By this manoeuvre, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the
earth and move towards the moon.