Monday, 23 September, 2019


2nd de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed successfully today

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing 16 Kendriya Vidyalaya Students to Watch the Landing of Chandrayaan-2
Kristine Garrett | 06 September, 2019, 05:48

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in Bengaluru on Friday to witness Chandrayaan-2 landing from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facility in Peenya on Saturday early morning.

The orbit of Vikram Lander is 35-kilometre x 101 kilometre.

"Vikram" (with rover "Pragyaan" housed inside) is expected to touch down on the surface of the moon on September seven, between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

Chandrayaan 1 additionally found water ice within the North polar area apart from detecting magnesium, aluminium and silicon on the lunar floor whereas global imaging of the moon was one other achievement of the 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. "Both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy", the ISRO said. It separated from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on Monday afternoon with the mothership now in a different orbit at 96 Km X 125 Km. Chandrayaan-2, however, will continue with its mission for one year. Describing a soft-landing on the Moon, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair said it's something like flying saucers coming in hovering on the top and then slowly descending like in science fiction. "It's a very, very complex operation. I am sure it will be a 100 per cent success", he said.

Chandrayaan-2 inches closer to Moon landing

Online space quiz for the students of class 8 - 10 was conducted by ISRO in coordination with MyGov.in from August 10 to 25, 2019 to increase awareness about space programs.

The selected students will be witnessing the space event unfold from the ISRO Tracking Centre (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru, it said. The official Twitter handle of ISRO will also give updates on the Chandrayaan-2.

Recently, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed second de-manoeuvre on Wednesday. Further, the south pole of moon is an unexplored site. It will make contact with the lunar surface between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on September 7, 2019.

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