'Chandrayaan 2 will reach moon's orbit on 20 Aug': ISRO

James Marshall
August 13, 2019

India's second lunar probe Chandrayaan-2 will begin its journey straight towards the moon from early morning tomorrow. "On August 20, the spacecraft will be reaching moon and we'll be carrying out lunar orbit insertion". It is considered one of the very significant steps in its 48-day journey to the moon since its launch.

India's maiden voyage to the Moon is firmly on track and Chandrayaan 2 is expected to be around Earth's permanent natural satellite on August 20. When it was launched by the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three on the 22nd of last month, it was parked in a Geo-Stationery Transfer orbit as is the usual practice.

He said that the spacecraft is now revolving around the earth.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will undertake on August 14 the crucial process of trans-lunar injection to move Chandrayaan-2 from earth's orbit towards the moon, its Chairman K Sivan said on Monday. We plan to have a series of manoeuvres around Moon.

It will be subjected to a series of orbit maneuvers in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of the moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7. Chandrayaan 2 seeks to explore the far side of the Moon, a feat no other country has achieved yet.

It comprises a fully indigenous orbiter, a lander (Vikram) and a rover (Pragyan).

According to the ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", he said.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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