The Chandrayaan 2 will reach the moon’s orbit by 20 August ISRO Chairman K Sivan said during the birth centenary celebrations of India’s space programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai in Ahmedabad on Monday (12 August). Sivan said that the spacecraft will leave the earth’s orbit on Wednesday (14 August), Hans India reports.
Carrying a lander and a rover, Chandrayaan 2 will trace the same path to the moon as the Chandrayaan 1 in 2008 and will attempt to land the rover at the moon’s freezing-cold south pole. The three-module spacecraft was launched on 22 July.
“After launching Chandrayaan-2 on 22 July, we did five manoeuvres. The Chandrayaan-2 composite body is now revolving around the earth,” he said. At 3.30 am on 14 August, the Chandrayaan 2 will perform the translunar injection manoeuvre through which the spacecraft will leave the earth’s orbit to go towards the moon.
“On August 20, we will be reaching the moon,” Sivan said while adding that the spacecraft will then carry out lunar orbit insertion.