Chandrayaan-2 is one of the most crucial processes this year. And Vikram’s soft landing on the Moon is expected on September 7 this year as the ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Thursday. Indian Space Research Organisation scientists are going to ultimately involve themselves in the process to complete it by 1:55 am on September 7.
“It is expected to make a soft landing (on the surface of the Moon) at around 1:40 am and completed by 1:55 am. At the global level, this is an important mission. It is being keenly watched by everyone,” said the ISRO Chairman.
When talking about the complexities involved, the chairman said that the spacecraft needs to turn down to ‘zero.’ India has achieved so many milestones in decades, but the new Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 which is India’s second moon mission, is going to bring some unique celebration in the country. Now, all we expect is the spacecraft to land on the soil of the Moon successfully. It, fortunately, entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday through Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre. And the second Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre performed on Wednesday, and there are three more orbit maneuvers to go to enter into its final orbit. The distance from the lunar poles should be about 100km from the Moon’s surface.
ISRO said that the lander will separate from the Orbiter on September 2 and will enter into 100km x 30km orbit around the Moon.
“There is no gender bias at ISRO. Two women got an opportunity during the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Similarly, there will be opportunities for women to play lead roles in future projects (of ISRO),” he said.
He also said that he had sent an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the event.