In a few hours, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will rewrite history by becoming ; the first space agency in the world to soft-land in Moon’s South Polar Region.
Indian Space Research Organisation awaits with bated breath for the “terrifying moment”.
India will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored lunar south pole. A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon.
PM Narendra Modi and across the country students will be Present at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru.
Vikram’ with rover ‘Pragyaan’ housed inside is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7; followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. The lander is now in an orbit that would be about 35 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point from where it will begin its final descent.
ISRO says other nations are also investing resources to reach the moon’s south pole. Its permanently shadowed craters are estimated to hold nearly 100 million tons of water.
The Chandrayaan 2 lifted off from its launch pad at Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 23 on board the giant heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark 3.
The GSLV Mark 3 – ISRO’s largest and most powerful rocket – is 44 metres long or as tall as a 15-storey building.