The country awaits with bated breath the landing of Chandrayaan -2 moon mission on the surface of the moon at around 1:55 am on Saturday. A first, for any country to explore the lunar south pole and the fourth country to achieve the feat of a soft landing on the lunar surface, India will soon join the elite club of the US, Russia and China.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Bengaluru tonight at the ISRO space centre to witness the historic moment. About 70 high school students from across the country will also join him, reports The Statesman.
According to the Indian space agency, Vikram is scheduled to powered descent between 1 am to 2 am on September 7. The touchdown on the Moon’s south polar region will be between 1.30 am – 2.30 am, ISRO said.
After the touchdown, the rover Pragyan will roll down between 5.30 am and 6.30 am to carry out the research for which it was designed like search for water on the lunar surface, and other resources there. Pragyan will carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.
Meanwhile, Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter will continue to go around the Moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km and continue to do so for the next one year, and study the lunar atmosphere while revolving around the Moon.