India’s second moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ is relied upon to arrive at the moon’s orbit on August 20 and land on the lunar surface on September 7, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said on Monday.
Chandrayaan 2 lands on the lunar surface on September 7, Says ISRO
The spacecraft is good to go to leave the earth’s orbit following two days, he told journalists in a meeting. Sivan was on the city to participate in the birth century festivities of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, viewed as the father of India’s space program. The 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft including orbiter, lander, and rover, which was launched on July 22, would make an arrival on the moon on September 7, the ISRO chief said.
“After launching Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, we did five maneuvers. The Chandrayaan-2 composite body is now revolving around the earth,” he said.
“At around 3.30 am on August 14, we are going to have a maneuver called trans-lunar injection. By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon. On August 20, we will be reaching the moon,” he said.
“Then, we will be carrying out lunar orbit insertion. By this process, the Chandrayaan-2 will be around the moon on August 20. 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.
ISRO Chief Sivan said that the Chandrayaab 2 spacecraft is doing well and the systems function well at present. Sivan also mentioned that ISRO scientists will be busy with the next projects in coming days as the ISRO planning to launch small satellites in December.
“In December, we are going to have a very important mission. It’s a small satellite launcher. This is for the first time we are going to have this mission,” he said.