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, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan said on Monday.
Sivan was on 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.
By this manoeuvre, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon.
By this process, the Chandrayaan-2 will be around the moon on August 20.
Subsequently, we have planned to have a series of manoeuvres around the moon and finally on September 7, we will be landing on the moon near its south pole," he added.
He said scientists at the ISRO will be busy in coming months, particularly in December when the space agency would take up a mission to launch small satellites.