Chandrayaan-2 to reach moon's orbit on August 20: ISRO

Chandrayaan 2 Will reach moons orbit on 20 August after leaving earth orbit in 2 days

Chandrayaan 2 Will reach moons orbit on 20 August after leaving earth orbit in 2 days

Now the time is ripe for the ISRO scientists to fire the engine on-board the lunar-craft yet again in such a way that its path coincides with the sphere of influence of the moon and get captured in an orbit around it on the 20th of this month. Dr K Sivan informed that the spacecraft will leave the earth's orbit after two days.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the orbiter and enter into a 100kmx30km orbit around the moon, and then, it will perform a series of "complex braking" manoeuvres to soft land in the south polar region of the moon on September 7. GSLV MKIII M1 successfully placed Chandrayaan - 2 spacecraft into a highly elliptical orbit of 170 x 45475 km on July 22.

He said that the spacecraft is now revolving around the earth. "On (August) 14th early morning, around 3:30, we are going to have a manoeuvre called trans-lunar injection". "Chandrayaan-2 will finally free itself away from the gravitational pull of the earth and will start moving towards its final destination, the moon". A landing on Moon will also make India only the fourth country - after the US, Russia and China - to achieve this feat.

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The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency has said it will carry out the manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) between 03:00 and 04:00 hrs (IST). By this process, the Chandrayaan-2 will be around the moon on August 20.

"After performing a series of maneuvers around the moon, we will be landing on the moon on September 7.", ISRO Chairman said.

Sivan said the spacecraft was "doing very well" at present and all its systems were functioning properly.

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