India's Chandrayaan- 2 to touch down on moon surface tonight


NEW DELHI: Chandrayaan 2, India's ambitious lunar mission is scheduled to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon between 1:30 am to 2:30 am on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

This will be followed by the Rover roll out between 5:30 am to 6:30 am, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be at the ISRO around midnight to watch the event.

According to the report from the ISRO, around 60- 70 students from across the country will be watching live India's proposed soft landing on the moon in the early hours of Saturday, along with Prime Minister Modi.

As per the report, two top-scoring students in ISRO's online space quiz contest from each State and Union territory have been invited by the space agency to watch at its centre here the landing of Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' module on the Moon.

On Wednesday, the second de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully.

On Tuesday, Chandrayaan-2 successfully performed its first de-orbiting maneuver.

The four-second long maneuver was performed using the onboard propulsion system at 8:50 am (IST).

On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 had successfully placed in the moon’s orbit.

India's second moon mission 'Chandrayaan-2' left the earth's orbit on August 14.

On July 22, India had launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole.

The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth's orbit.

It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of the moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7.

If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.

Chandrayaan-2 comes 11 years after ISRO's successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 which scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.



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