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 K. Sivan said on Monday.
The spacecraft is all set to leave the earth's orbit after two days, he told reporters.
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.
"After launching 'Chandrayaan-2' on July 22, we did five maneuvers. The 'Chandrayaan-2' composite body is now revolving around the earth," he said.
"At around 3.30 am on August 14, we are going to have a maneuver called trans-lunar injection. By this maneuver, the 'Chandrayaan-2' will leave the earth and move towards the moon.
On August 20, we will be reaching the moon," he said.
"Then, we will be carrying out lunar orbit insertion.
By this process, the 'Chandrayaan-2' will be around the moon on August 20. Subsequently, we have planned to have a series of maneuvers around the moon and finally on September 7, we will be landing on the moon near its south pole," he added.