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

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 14, 2019

On Tuesday night, Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will leave Earth's orbit and begin making its way toward the moon.

It comprises a fully indigenous orbiter, a lander (Vikram) and a rover (Pragyan). ISRO has said it will carry out the manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion at around 3.30 A.M. IST.

India created history on July 22 when ISRO launched the country's second lunar mission. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", said Dr Sivan.

The mission's lander is named for Vikram Sarabhai, considered the father of India's space agency and an important figure in the development modern science, physical research and atomic energy. By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon.

"The most crucial process now is going to happen on August 14 around 3:30 am".

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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 Chandrayaan-2 composite body is now revolving around the earth", he said.

Later, through a set of manoeuvres, the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the moon will be circularised at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface.

The spacecraft has been reported to be in very good condition right now with all its systems functioning properly.

India aims to send astronauts to space by December 2021, the chief of ISRO said today. It's a small satellite launcher.

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