Chandrayaan-2 ready for Moon landing

Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing 70 students from across the country to witness historic event with PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in the city on September 6 night to watch the Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2 lander "Vikram" and subsequent roll down of rover "Pragyaan" on the South Polar region of the Moon during the early hours of September 7.

The students were selected on a pan-India space on-line quiz organised by ISRO, official sources said. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to conduct a soft landing on the lunar surface.

The orbit of Vikram Lander is 35 km x 101 km. Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in an orbit of 96 km x 125 km and both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.

A week later, India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully put the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the Earth's orbit on July 22. "I am sure it will be a 100 per cent success", he said.

16 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya are going to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 along with PM Narendra Modi on September 7, 2019 from the ISRO Control Room, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) facility in Bengaluru. To increase awareness about its space programmes, the ISRO had in August conducted an online quiz for students from Class 8 to 10.

"The Chandrayaan-2 has already carried out some hard tasks like de-orbiting but landing on the surface of the moon will be the toughest part".

Former NASA astronaut Jerry M Linenger on Thursday said that landing Chandrayaan-2 on the south pole of the moon is a milestone for the entire world and not just India.

He said missions such as Chandrayaan-1, Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan were also aimed at enthusing the young generation to pursue basic science and further develop Indian aerospace industry.

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