Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth orbit, expected to land on Moon on Sept 7
India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 left the Earth's orbit early on Wednesday morning and is moving towards the Moon. The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency collaborated with ISRO, said the spacecraft carried out the manoeuvre called 'Trans Lunar Insertion' at 2:21 am on Wednesday, following which it successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20 and land on the lunar surface on September 7. Confirming this, “Today (August 14, 2019) after the Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) manoeuvre operation, #Chandrayaan2 will depart from Earth’s orbit and move towards the Moon (sic),” the ISRO tweeted.
According to the ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface.
It also 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.