Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

India will be carving a place for itself among the world's space faring nations with ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 landing, as it attempts to become the fourth country to land on the moon after the former Soviet Union, US and China.

The orbit of Vikram Lander is now 35km x 101km.

"With this manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence it descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved".

The Lander is scheduled to powered descent between 0100 - 0200 hrs IST on September 07 which is then followed by touch down of Lander between 0130 - 0230 hrs IST. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a "terrifying" moment as the ISRO has not done it before, whereas Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission. Modi will be accompanied by about 70 students drawn from schools across the country who would watch the historic moment of Moon landing of Chandrayaan 2 on the lunar surface.

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"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Bengaluru on September 6 and will view the Chandrayaan landing during the wee hours on September 7 at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) near Peenya, and will leave for Mumbai on the same day", Karnataka government's official release said. On Monday afternoon, the Vikram got separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2.

Chandrayaan 1 scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009. "I am sure it will be a 100 per cent success", he said.

He said missions such as Chandrayaan 1, Chandrayaan 2 and Mangalyaan were also aimed at enthusing the young generation to pursue basic science and further develop Indian aerospace industry.

The second de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan spacecraft was performed successfully on September 04. The expedition would also shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Polar region. It will make contact with the lunar surface between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on September 7, 2019.

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