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Chandrayaan-2 to reach moon orbit on Aug 20

Chandrayaan-2 to reach moon orbit on Aug 20
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The spacecraft will make a landing on the moon on September 7

Ahmedabad: 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, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan.

The spacecraft is all set to leave the earth's orbit after two days, Sivan told reporters here on Monday. He was in the city to take part in the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, regarded as the father of India's space programme.

The 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, which was launched on July 22, would make a landing on the moon on September 7, the ISRO chief said.

"After launching Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, we did five manoeuvres.

The Chandrayaan-2 composite body is now revolving around the earth," he said. The next very important and crucial manoeuvre will happen on Wednesday morning.

"At around 3.30 am on August 14, we are going to have a manoeuvre called trans-lunar injection. By this manoeuvre, 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.

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