Chandrayaan 2 leaves earth orbit, heads towards the moon
ISRO's Chandrayaan-2, which went to land on the lunar surface, left the earth's orbit in the early morning and entered the orbit of the moon. It is expected to reach the moon on September 7.
Chandrayaan-2 left Earth's orbit at 2:21 am on its way to the moon.The spacecraft was launched on 22 July.
ISRO chief K Sivan (second from left) and other scientists in Chandrayaan-2's control room.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed the process of Trans Lunar Injection (TLI). After orbiting the earth for 22 days, Chandrayaan-2 has gathered enough velocity to power it to the moon.
Its liquid engine was fired to take it out of Earth's orbit.
ISRO chief K Sivan said, "Chandrayaan 2 will take 6 days to reach the moon's orbit on August 20. Its landing on the moon is scheduled for September 7."
The distance of the Earth from the moon is about 3.84 lakh kilometers.
Chandrayaan-2 departs from ISRO's Sriharikota launch site on its mission
To send Chandrayaan-2 on its way to the moon, ISRO first extended its orbit around the earth, the last phase of which was completed on 6 August.
Sivan said at an event held in Ahmedabad on Monday that the spacecraft is functioning very well. All its systems are working fine.
The 3850-kg Chandrayaan-2 has three parts, an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan). It was launched through a GSLV Mark-3 M1 rocket.
Chandrayaan-2 is due to land in the southern part of the moon, an area where no country has launched a lunar mission before. Chandrayaan-2 is the most complex mission of the Indian Space Agency (ISRO) till date.
Chandrayaan-2 is India's second expedition to the moon. Earlier, ISRO had launched Chandrayaan-1 in October 2008. It sent back valuable pictures, which suggested the presence of water on the moon. On August 28, 2009, it lost contact with ISRO.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]