Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the moon is all set to land on the lunar surface at midnight. The mission started a month back when the spacecraft successfully entered the moon’s orbit. Now the task ahead is to explore the South pole region of moon that has not been explored by the other three countries who have already landed on Moon.
Countries to have successfully landed lunar surface comprise USA, Russia, China but none of them ventured into the unexplored south pole region. If India successfully manages to explore the region, it will be the first country to achieve such a feat.
The nation is certainly excited as this month-long mission has been successful in its execution of mission objectives. Now everyone is eagerly waiting to see lander Vikram successfully move closer to the south pole region and release rover Pragyan to take a roundabout for a day or so.
Here’s when, where and how you can witness the historic moment:
- Lander Vikram will make contact with the moon between 1:30 am to 2:30 am
- Once Vikram successfully lands on lunar surface, it will release rover Pragyan between 5:30 and 6:30 am.
- ISRO will broadcast live updates on its official website isro.gov.in and Twitter handle. Press Information Bureau will also stream the same on its YouTube channel.
The second de-orbiting manoeuvre for Chandryaan was successfully conducted on September 4, 2019. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 via heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) and carries three segments including orbiter, lander Vikram and rover Pragyan.
The aim behind this second mission was to explore the moon’s inner solar system environment and extent of water distribution on the surface. ISRO, during Chandrayaan-1, had discovered water presence on the moon surface.