Chandrayaan 2 moon landing: A total of 60 students, who were selected through an online quiz contest conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in August, will witness the historic landing of Chandrayaan’s lander Vikram near the moon’s Southern pole at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru on Saturday morning (September 7, 2019) along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A group of students from class 8 to 10, including Delhi boy Manogya Singh Suyansh, Odisha’s Chinmaya Chaudhury, Meghalaya’s Ribait Phawa, Andhra Pradesh’s Pragada Kanchana Balasri Vasavi, Lucknow’s Rashi Verma were chosen to experience the historical landing.

Manogya Singh Suyansh, a Class 9 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Delhi Cantt, said he aims to become an astronaut. Also added he was excited to see ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.

Ribait Phawa from Ramakrishna Mission School in Meghalaya and Rashi Verma from Delhi Public School in Lucknow are excited to witness the landing of Chandrayaan 2 and meet Prime Minister Modi in person.

Chandrayaan 2, three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander, and rover, was launched on July 22, 2019. It is assumed that it will land on the moon at 1:43 am on Saturday.

The lunar landing will be the first historic achievement for India’s space agency to touch the surface of a celestial body. Not just that, a successful landing will also register India’s fourth position across the globe to have landed on the moon. Before India, USA, USSR, and China have made this groundbreaking achievement.

This landing is significant for the larger scientific community because India had been chosen to land near the lunar South Pole. Another important thing to note is that this area has craters which have not seen sunlight for billions of years.

These craters are expected to contain about 100 million tons of water. Cold traps which were found in the region have also the origins of the solar system is well-preserved.

‘Vikram’ with rover ‘Pragyaan’ is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7. It happened after its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

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