Chandrayaan-2 lander 'Vikram' is ready for a historic 'soft landing' on the surface of the moon in the early hours of Saturday and this moment will be a 'heartthrob' for ISRO scientists. The people of India are eagerly waiting for the 'soft landing' to be held on the intervening night of Friday-Saturday while praying for the success of this historic space leap of the country. Not only the country, but other nations of the world are also eyeing this mission. A successful 'soft landing' will make India the fourth country in the world after Russia, America and China to achieve this feat.
With this, India will become the first country in the world to reach the moon's South Pole region while writing a new chapter in space history. Officials said that through the Prime Minister Narendra Modi quiz competition, around 60-70 high school students selected from across the country will be present at ISRO's Bengaluru center to have a direct view of this historic moment. The lander 'Vikram' will start walking down to the moon on Saturday night between one and two o'clock and it will land in the South Pole region of the Earth's natural satellite between one and a half to two and a half hours.
'Vikram' is currently about 35 kilometers from the lunar surface in the orbit, about 35 km from where it will start moving downwards towards the moon. ISRO has said that 'Chandrayaan-2' will attempt to land its lander in the high plains between two pits - 'Magnus C' and 'Simpelius N' in latitude 70 degrees south. Chairman of the Space Agency K. Sivan said that the proposed 'soft landing' is going to prove heart-stopping as ISRO has never done so before.
Explaining the process of landing on the moon, Sivan said that once the process related to the distance of about 30 kilometers starts, it will take 15 minutes to complete. After landing on the moon of the lander, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will come out from within it and will carry out its scientific work for 14 days of Earth on a lunar day. The Rover is a 27 kg six-wheel robotic vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence. Its name is 'Pragyan' which means 'intelligence'.
It can travel up to 500 meters from the 'landing' site and will use solar energy for its operations. It will send information to the lander and the lander will disseminate information to the Indian Deep Space Network located at Byalalu near Bangalore. According to ISRO, the lander is equipped with three scientific instruments that will carry out scientific experiments on the lunar surface and subsurface, while there are two scientific instruments with the rover that will work to strengthen understanding related to the lunar surface. According to ISRO, the South Pole region of the Moon is very interesting because it is much larger than the North Pole region and remains submerged in darkness.
ISRO has said that not only the country but the world is eyeing this mission of India. People all over the world are eagerly awaiting the completion of this mission of India. At the same time, former NASA astronaut Jerry Lininger has said that India's second lunar mission will not only help in taking forward the science and technology of the country but will eventually help all those countries to establish a permanent presence on the moon. Will help those who can go into space.