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Chandrayaan-2 soft landing: Vikram, Orbiter extend good wishes to each other

  • We have the same wishes for Vikram, Orbiter. Want to stay in touch with Vikram and Pragyan, tweeted ISRO
  • The lander is expected to touch down near the South Pole of the Moon in the early hours of Saturday morning

Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has posted a message on Twitter featuring the spacecraft's Lunar Orbiter extending good wishes to the Lander ahead of the Chandrayan-2 soft landing on the moon. "It was great travelling with you so far Vikram. Best of luck! I hope you reach the South Pole soon," the Lunar Orbiter says while releasing Lander Vikram. To this Vikram replies, "It was quite the journey indeed! I'll see you around - in the orbit."

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"We have the same wishes for Vikram, Orbiter. Want to stay in touch with Vikram and Pragyan as they make their way to the untouched lunar South Pole and uncover its many mysteries? Then keep an eye out for the next edition of CY2 Chronicles!," the ISRO tweeted.

While the Lander weighing 1,471 kg is designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface, the Rover, a 6-wheeled robotic vehicle, can travel up to 500 m and it leverages solar energy for its functioning. It can only communicate with the Lander, which was separated from the orbiter on September 2 at 1.15 pm, entering a descending orbit around the Moon.

Pragyan is housed inside the Lander Vikram and it will roll out and deliver scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface experiments.

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The lander is expected to touch down near the South Pole of the Moon in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The stakes are high as it is for the first time that India is executing a soft landing on the Moon. However, Isro is confident of doing this successfully, more so as the trans-lunar injections and lunar orbit insertion manoeuvres have gone precisely as planned and the orbit inclination to the lunar surface is accurate.

“We have done this before (simulating the manoeuvres)... However, the last part of mission is new to us," said Isro chairman K. Sivan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will watch this soft landing along with 60 shortlisted students is also extremely excited to be at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru to witness the extraordinary moment in the history of India’s space programme. "The moment 130 crore Indians were enthusiastically waiting for is here!In a few hours from now, the final descent of Chandrayaan - 2 will take place on the Lunar South Pole," he tweeted.


With this, India will become the first country to land close to the lunar South Pole on its first attempt.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to carry out a soft landing on the lunar surface.

After revolving around the Earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the Moon on August 14. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.

-With inputs from Agencies



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