NEW DELHI: To mark India as the first nation to reach closest to the Moon’s south pole, country’s ambitious mission Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to land on the lunar surface at 1.55 am on Saturday.
According to ISRO they have chosen two landing spot, primary landing site and secondary at the lunar surface and the moon lander Vikram will be selecting a spot as primary site after analysing the data at the time.
The Vikram that separated from its orbit has already carried out two manoeuvres to lower its altitude to ease the touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am on Saturday.
To watch the historic landing live from the space centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and school children will come to the control room today.
As of the scientists from the space agency, the rover Pragyan will roll out from the moon lander between 5.30 am and 6.30 am. And it will be doing the research works including capturing high-resolution pictures of the moon surfaces and presence of water and other resources.
Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Sivan has said that the Chandrayaan 2 was the most complex mission India has ever undertaken.
The very peculiarity of Chandrayaan 2 is that most of the countries who reached moon have landed in its northern hemisphere or the equatorial region, while India will be landing at the least explored south region.
Following Russia’s Luna missions China also landed on the north side of the moon and America’s Apollo and other mission have chosen the equatorial region. Now China has a rover on the darker side of the moon.
After the touchdown, India will become the fourth country after the US, Russia and China of having a soft landing on the moon surface.
The Moon's south pole is the region which has been receiving sunlight for billions of years, So definitely an infinity number solar system’s origin will be there. And it has been predicted that the region will hold nearly 100 million tons of water and other nations are also trying to reach the south pole, said ISRO.