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The Countdown Has Begun For Chandrayaan-2 To Say Hello From The Dark Side Of The Moon

The Countdown Has Begun For Chandrayaan-2 To Say Hello From The Dark Side Of The Moon
Chandrayaan-2 will land on the surface of the Moon on September 7, 2019, Photo Credit: ISRO
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Here's the latest update on Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission. We are less than a week away from the historic lunar landing

OT Staff
September 02 , 2019
02 Min Read

Chandrayaan-2 is only few days away from landing on the south pole of the moon. Come September 7, if everything goes well, Chandrayaan-2 will land on the surface of the moon. As on Sunday, September 1, Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has made its fifth and final orbit around the moon, achieving an orbit of 119km x 127km. And as of today, September 2, Vikram Lander is no longer controlled by the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter as it has been separated from the spacecraft (1315 Hrs IST). We are now just one step away from the final and most crucial aspect: the Moon landing. We all have been following every little developments of Chandrayaan-2 and now on September 7, whole world will be watching the historic moment when an Indian space agency will land a rover on the south pole of the moon for the first time. The south pole of the moon is also affectionately known as the dark side of the moon. 

So what is so special about the landing location?
 
There may be some craters where there could be ice; and ice means water. Can moon really be our second home? A wishful thinking, maybe? 

Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission has now placed India in the fourth position after the US, Russia and China, for attempting a soft landing on the surface of the moon. The lander, Vikram, will be carrying the rover Pragyan and is scheduled to land between two carters on the south of the moon. The six-wheeled rover Pragyaan (meaning greater knowledge, wisdom in Hindi) will carry out scientific experiments once it lands.


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