India's Chandrayaan-2 is very close to creating history.
INDIA'S lunar mission will not only boost its science and technology but also help all space-faring nations to eventually set up man's permanent presence on the Moon, says former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger as the countdown for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to land on the celestial body nears its end. Everyone is looking for the outcome of Chandrayaan-2's soft landing near the South Pole. The touchdown on the Moon's south polar region will be between 1.30 a.m. - 2.30 a.m., ISRO said. "With this manoeuvre the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence it descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved", ISRO said in a statement.
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. The rover roll out is scheduled to be between 5.30 am and 6.30 am on Saturday.
The second de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Tuesday beginning at 0342 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system.
The health of the Orbiter and Lander is being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru.
The Rs. 978 crore orbiter-lander-rover mission, weighing 3, 840 kg, was launched by ISRO's most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk-III, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range, on July 22.
Shivansh Pal is among 74 school students across India and only the third from Uttar Pradesh, the other two from Lucknow, to have got the special invitation from the Indian Space Research Organisation, according to his school. A successful landing will make India the fourth country after the US, erstwhile USSR and China to have landed on the moon. It will make contact with the lunar surface between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on September 7, 2019.