Lander Vikram 35 km from the moon, Chandrayaan-2 towards hundred percent success
A day after Lander Vikram separated from Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Tuesday said that it has successfully completed the second phase of landing the orbit into the lunar orbit. On 7 September, the vehicle was taken into another low orbit on Wednesday, at 3:42 am, before a soft landing on the moon’s south pole. With this, it is now circling 35 kilometers from the moon.
ISRO said that Chandrayaan was lowered at 3:42 am Indian time on Wednesday under the predetermined plan. This process lasted for a total of nine seconds. The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon’s current orbit and the orbiter and lander are perfectly fine.
Earlier, on Monday, the lander successfully separated from Vikram Orbiter. If all goes well, Vikram and the rover ‘Pragyan’ inside it are expected to land on the lunar surface between 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm on Saturday. After a soft landing on the moon, the rover will leave between 3:30 AM to 6:30 AM on the same day and will test on the lunar surface.
14 Days Will Test
According to ISRO, Pragyan will test the lunar surface on a lunar day i.e. 14 days of Earth. The lander’s mission will be a lunar day, while the orbiter will work for a year. ISRO Chairman K.K. Sivan said that the moment the lander landed on the moon would be ‘creepy’ as the agency has never done this before while carrying the vehicle into a lower orbit in the Chandrayaan-1 mission was also done successfully earlier.
India Will Become The Fourth Country
With a successful soft landing on the moon, India will become the fourth country in the world to do so. Earlier only China, America and Russia could do this. On 22 July, India launched a 3,840 kg Chandrayaan-2 with GSLV Mach-3 rocket. A total cost of Rs 978 crore has been incurred on this scheme.