Ahead Of Chandrayaan 2 Landing, Scientist Recalls Launch Of Chandrayaan 1

Ahead Of Chandrayaan 2 Landing, Scientist Recalls Launch Of Chandrayaan 1

Chandrayaan 2's lander Vikram is set to attempt a soft landing on 7 September.

Vikram lander successfully separates from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter on September and completed the two de-orbit maneuver on September 4.

About 10 years after the launch of the India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan 1, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists recall the nail-biting experience.

Amita Chauhan, chairperson, Amity International Schools, said it was a proud moment for entire school with one of its students getting ISRO invitation to watch India's ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan2 landing on the surface of moon along with the prime minister. Following the landing, the rover "Pragyan" will roll out from "Vikram" between 5.30 am and 6.30 am and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days. The Vikram Lander had successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on Monday afternoon and it is now on its way to land on the Moon. Both the Orbiter and Vikram are in good health, ISRO said. It's nearly a similar sequence which the ISRO is going to implement, with practically no real-time controls on the ground. I don't think any nation has done a similar operation trying to have real time pictures and then try to have an on-board computer implement autonomously the function of the landing.

To increase awareness about the space program, an online quiz competition was conducted by ISRO in coordination with MyGov.in from August 10 to 25.

The selected students will be witnessing the space event unfold from the ISRO Tracking Centre (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru, it said.

For this, around 70 students from across the country will be watching the historic Chandrayaan 2's scheduled soft-landing on the moon as it happens in the early hours of Saturday.

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. It will make contact with the lunar surface between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on September 7, 2019.

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