Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Chandrayaan-2 ready for Moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 ready for Moon landing

A Class 10 boy from Noida has been selected by ISRO to witness the historic Chandrayaan2 moon landing at its headquarters in Bengaluru in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7.

The second de-orbiting maneuver for #Chandrayaan spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 04, 2019) beginning at 0342 hrs IST.

With this operation the required orbit for the moon lander to commence it descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved, ISRO said. It further said the Lander is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

This next phase of Moon landing is a very crucial one for the space mission as a smooth landing on the Moon's South Polar region will be attempted by the country's space agency for the first time ever. 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.

Soon after 'Vikram's nudge to the threshold position, Dr Sivan speaking exclusively to this newspaper, said: "We have done all the tests and simulations to achieve a flawless landing on September 7". Chandrayaan-2, however, will continue with its mission for one year. It's nearly a similar sequence which the ISRO is going to implement, with practically no real-time controls on the ground.

Chandrayaan 1 scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009. "It's going to be a remarkable event and we are all looking forward to that event". The official Twitter handle of ISRO will also give updates on the Chandrayaan-2. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface.

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