Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Kendriya Vidyalaya Students to Watch the Landing of Chandrayaan-2

Kendriya Vidyalaya Students to Watch the Landing of Chandrayaan-2

The Chandrayaan 2 mission has completed all its orbit manoeuvres around the Moon and is ready to land close to the lunar south pole.

About 10 years after the launch of the India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan 1, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists recall the nail-biting experience.

Amita Chauhan, chairperson, Amity International Schools, said it was a proud moment for entire school with one of its students getting ISRO invitation to watch India's ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan2 landing on the surface of moon along with the prime minister. A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the USA and China to ever achieve a soft landing on the Moon. According to the Indian space agency ISRO, Vikaram's second de-orbital operations began at 3.42 a.m. using the onboard propulsion system and was completed in nine seconds.

Chandrayaan2 is India's second mission to the moon and comprises a fully indigenous orbiter, lander and rover.

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Vikram', the lander, moved to the threshold location from where it descends towards lunar surface between 1 am and 2 am on Sept 7. Chandrayaan-2 will be steered to hang about over "Vikram" and continue to receive signals as the lander slowly but surely glides for the momentous landing.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Bengaluru on September 6 and will view the Chandrayaan landing during the wee hours on September 7 at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) near Peenya, and will leave for Mumbai on the same day", Karnataka government's official release said.

India's second mission to the moon was approved by the cabinet in September 2008, just before the launch of Chandrayaan 1.

The final manoeuvre of 35 km, till the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover land on the moon's surface without any injury, will be "15 minutes of terror" even for the top scientists at ISRO. Describing a soft landing on the moon, former ISRO chief G. Madhavan Nair said that it is something like a flying saucer coming upwards and then descending slowly.

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