Space admirers all over the world are enthusiastically waiting to witness the soft-landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the moon. Chandrayaan-2’s module named ‘Vikram’ will land on the Moon in the early hours of September 7.
Indian lunar mission reached near to the Moon on September 2. On this date, the landing module ‘Vikram’, carrying rover containing ‘Pragyan’, was successfully alienated from the orbiter. This mission had cost worth Rs 978 crores. Its orbit lowered in two more maneuvers in the subsequent two days.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) revealed that the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to start its descent towards the Moon surface is obtained. It is on the way to achieve a remarkable soft-landing on the lunar surface.
ISRO also revealed that Chandrayan-2 spacecraft sustained to orbit the moon at a perigee of 96 km and apogee of 125 km. On the other hand, the lander Vikram is at an orbit of 35 km perigee and 101 km apogee.
ISRO declared both the Orbiter and Lander as fit.
On September 7, the moon lander Vikram is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am. The touchdown time of Lander is between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.
The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) K Sivan has said the planned soft-landing on the Moon would be a “terrifying” moment. ISRO has not done this type of mission earlier. However, Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was efficiently executed during the at the time of Chandrayaan-1 mission
On September 7, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will turn out from ‘Vikram’ between 5.30-6.30 am after its landing. The rover ‘Pragyan’ will perform some experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day. One lunar day is equal to 14 ages on earth.
The mission life of the moon lander “Vikram” is one lunar day as well. However, the orbiter will work for a year to accomplish its mission.
India will be the fourth country in the whole world after a successful landing. Up to now, merely Russia, the US, and China are succeeded to attain a soft landing on the moon. However, India is the first country in the whole world that has launched a mission to the undiscovered part of the moon called the South Pole.