Sriharikota : India’s ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 will touch the moon surface tonight between 1:30 am to 2:30 am on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. This will be followed by the Rover “Pragyan’s” roll out between 5:30 am to 6:30 am, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed.
According to news agency ANI, the second de-orbiting manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully in the wee hours of Wednesday.
“The manoeuvre was performed successfully today (September 04, 2019) beginning at 0342 hours Indian Standard Time (IST) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system,” ISRO informed in a statement. The duration of the manoeuvre was 9 seconds and the orbit of Vikram Lander is 35 km × 101 km.
PM Narendra Modi will be at the ISRO around midnight to watch the event with over 60 high school students across India who cleared an online space quiz last month. They will watch the soft landing of the mission with the Prime Minister.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to carry out a soft landing on the lunar surface making India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to conduct a soft landing on the moon.