Monday, 14 October, 2019

Moon Landing Module separates from Indian Spacecraft

Indian lander successfully separates from Chandrayaan-2 spaceship — RT World News India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon Orbiter Releases Vikram Lunar Lander
Elijah Vega | 04 October, 2019, 09:56

Three students from Odisha, Jharkhand and Meghalaya will witness the moon landing of Chandrayaan 2 live from ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru on September 7, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said on Friday.

The lander has been named in honor of the father of Indian space research program Vikram Sarabhai.

The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 01, 2019) beginning at 1821 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. This next lunar orbit manoeuvre is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, September 1 between 18:00-19:00 hours IST.

Vikram (with rover "Pragyan" housed inside) is expected to touch down on lunar surface on Sep 7, between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

The lander will undergo two orbit-lowering manoeuvres (termed Deorbit #1 and Deorbit #2) on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, an ISRO statement said.

Trio of astronauts leave ISS and return to Earth
The return from space of Ovchinin and Hague a year on from a catastrophic launch failure will also be watched closely. Up top, astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan hover, with cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov on the far right.

India's ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 will boldly go where no country has ever gone before - the moon's south polar region. But now the orbiter and the rover-lander will be controlled separately, making it the first time that the system on-board the indigenously developed lander will operate on its own.

The Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, with the rover Pragyan on its ramp, as seen before the spacecraft's July 2019 launch. Vikram also carries Pragyan.

The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is created to operate in a 100 by 100-kilometer lunar polar orbit for one year.

The mission aims at further expanding knowledge about the moon through a detailed study, leading to a better understanding of its origin and evolution. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon.

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