India set for moon landing attempt after Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft separation


Rashi who is among the 60 children selected from all across the country will be watching the landing on September 7 at 01:55 am at Indian Space Research Centre headquarters in Bengaluru.

The Vikram Lander is now located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km.

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

Delhi student Manogya Singh Suyansh has been selected by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the surface of moon with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vikram will land on the lunar region that has been little explored until now.

That dramatic moment will come on September 6 at about 4:25 p.m. EDT (2025 GMT) at the end of a 15-minute powered-descent phase, according to Spaceflight Now.

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The Pragyan rover is 6-wheeled and AI-powered vehicle.

Chandrayaan-2 has taken a relatively circuitous route to the moon. The roughly $140 million mission is known as Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft".

On July 22, Chandrayaan-2 was launched onboard a heavy rocket (GSLV Mark-III) on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh off the Bay of Bengal coast, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.

The second manoeuvre was performed on August 21 as planned after the spacecraft was inserted into the lunar orbit on August 20. Its eight payloads include a Terrain Mapping Camera, which will produce a 3D map for studying lunar mineralogy and geology. It will also facilitate communications with the rover, with carries two payloads, a speed of 1 centimeter per second and a range of 500 meters.

Mission science goals include mapping, investigating surface composition, detecting hydroxyl and water ice signatures and surveying the tenuous lunar exosphere.