Chandrayaan 2 Set To Reach Moon's Orbit By 20th August



India's maiden voyage to the Moon is firmly on track and Chandrayaan 2 is expected to be around Earth's permanent natural satellite on August 20.

It comprises a fully indigenous orbiter, a lander (Vikram) and a rover (Pragyan). By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the Earth and move towards the Moon. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", said Dr Sivan.

Dr Sivan was in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India's space programme.

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. On the 7th September, its lander is expected to soft-land on the south pole of the moon and unleash the rover to explore the surface. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", he said.

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The next very important and crucial maneuver will happen on Wednesday morning.

All the systems of the spacecraft were inspected thoroughly and they were found to be in good condition functioning properly.

In December, India will launch a small satellite launcher for the first time, the ISRO chief added.

On the science front, this mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon, the space agency had said.

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