After travelling millions of Kilometers Chandrayaan 2 moon mission has finally a step closer to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to South Pole of Moon. The Chandrayaan 2 landing module Vikram is all set to make the historic soft landing on the lunar surface on September 7.
‘Vikram’ with rover ‘Pragyaan’ 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. The lander is now in an orbit that would be about 35 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point from where it will begin its final descent.
The rover Pragyan will separate from the moon lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am, and will carry out experiments including a thorough mapping of the moon’s resources, looking for the presence of water and clicking high-resolution images as well on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days, the main orbiter will continue its mission for a year.
ISRO informed that the Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft-land the lander and rover in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at the latitude of about 70 south. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the proposed soft landing on the Moon was 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.
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