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Chandrayaan-2 to reach moon’s orbit on August 20, says ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 to reach moon’s orbit on August 20, says ISRO”

"By this manoeuvre, Chandrayaan-2 will leave earth's orbit and move towards the moon", he told reporters here. He added, "We plan to have a series of maneuvers around the moon, finally on Sep 7 we will be landing on the moon, this is our plan".

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

Early Wednesday morning, after leaving Earth's orbit, engineers with the Indian Space Research Organization will direct the spacecraft to perform an important maneuver called Trans Lunar Insertion.

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle launched Chandrayaan-2 in July.

Launching the spacecraft to beyond the Earth's orbit and insert it on an orbit that will take it to Moon's orbit is extremely critical because without the right timings Chandrayaan-2 could miss intersection of the Moon's orbit and could be lost forever, experts say. The move will put the spacecraft on a trajectory that will put the probe into orbit around the moon on August 20.

"The most crucial process now is going to happen on August 14 around 3:30 am". Chandrayaan 2 seeks to explore the far side of the Moon, a feat no other country has achieved yet.

Sivan also said the spacecraft was "doing very well" at present and all its systems were functioning properly. Notably, in the upcoming months, especially in December, the space scientists would be busy as the space agency would undertake missions to launch small satellites. "This is for the first time we are going to have this mission", noted Sivan.



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