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

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

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

The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, was injected into the earth's orbit.

The manoeuvre will raise the orbit to approximately 266x413,623 km and will happen between 3am and 4am when Chandrayaan-2 nears the highest point in the elliptical orbit around Earth.

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 (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said on Monday. The photographs were taken on August 3, 2019. By this process, Chandrayaan-2 will be revolving around the moon from August 20.

The spacecraft is all set to leave the earth's orbit after two days, he told reporters here.

"After launching the spacecraft on July 22, we performed several manoeuvres to make Chandrayaan-2 revolve around the earth", Sivan said. 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. "Subsequently, we have planned to have a series of maneuvers around the moon and finally on September 7, we will be landing on the moon near its south pole", he added. Chandrayaan 2 seeks to explore the far side of the Moon, a feat no other country has achieved yet. On its journey towards the lunar surface, the lander-rover have to autonomously decide a landing site between craters Manzinus C and Simpelius N. The landing site has to be close enough to study the shadowy region within the craters, yet at a high point within the reach of the sunrays.

The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day.

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