Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Chandrayaan 2 To Land On Moon On September 7: ISRO

Chandrayaan 2 To Land On Moon On September 7: ISRO

K Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), gave out the details of the plans on Monday and said that Chandrayaan 2 is on schedule.

"Chandrayaan-2", a three-module spacecraft comprising of an "Orbiter", a "Lander" and a "Rover", was launched on July 22, a week after the original date of its launch. He added, "We plan to have a series of maneuvers around the moon, finally on Sep 7 we will be landing on the moon, this is our plan".

After leaving the earth's orbit and on entering the moon's sphere of influence, the onboard propulsion system of Chandrayaan-2 will be fired to slow down the spacecraft, which will enable it to be captured into a preliminary orbit around the moon, the ISRO said. The move will put the spacecraft on a trajectory that will put the probe into orbit around the moon on August 20. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", said Dr Sivan. Chandrayaan 2 took off aboard the most powerful GSLV-Mk-III rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 22. The composite spacecraft that carries a lander, Vikram, and a rover, Pragyaan, will be pointed on a translunar course in a critical manoeuvre on Wednesday between 3 am and 4 am. ISRO has said it will carry out the manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion at around 3.30 A.M. IST. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", he said. However, scientists at ISRO are set to be really busy in the coming months especially in December when the agency will be tasked with launching small satellites for the first time ever.

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