Chandrayaan 2 landing: ISRO scientists recall launch of Chandrayaan 1

Chandrayaan 2 landing: ISRO scientists recall launch of Chandrayaan 1

The Lander has now also performed two de-orbiting maneuvers using onboard propulsion system and is now just a step away before soft landing on the Moon's surface.

The Moon-bound spacecraft has completed all its orbit maneuvers and recently, the Vikram lander module of Chandrayaan 2, which also houses the Pragyan "Rover", got detached from the Orbiter module, while in the Moon's orbit.

On the day of the Chandrayaan-1's launch in 2008, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) faced a "very tough situation" as it had a very short launch window and the weather was "very, very bad", Dr. M Annadurai, the Project Director of the successful mission, said.

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Indian space science is inching towards a historic feat with the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission entering its last and crucial phase. ISRO notified that both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy. Director of Chandrayaan-1, Mylswamy Annadurai spoke to mediapersons on the accomplishment and said, "Chandrayaan -1 has discovered water on the moon and considering that there is a big campaign going on internationally as we are back to the moon that is almost after 50 years".

A week later, India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully put the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the Earth's orbit on July 22. I don't think any nation has done a similar operation trying to have real time pictures and then try to have an on-board computer implement autonomously the function of the landing. The space agency selected the top 60 students to witness the historic event.

Online space quiz for the students of class 8 - 10 was conducted by ISRO in coordination with MyGov.in from August 10 to 25, 2019 to increase awareness about space programs. The students will watch Chandrayaan 2's moon landing LIVE along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The official Twitter handle of ISRO will also give updates on the Chandrayaan-2. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface. Further, the south pole of moon is an unexplored site.

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