New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night arrived at the Bengaluru Airport ahead of the landing of ‘Chandrayaan-2‘on the moon. He was received by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa.

An official told news agency IANS, “Modi landed at the Yelahanka base of the IAF on the city’s northern outskirts at 9.40 p.m. for an overnight stay at a star hotel, which is near to the space agency’s network centre to witness Vikram’s landing on the moon between 1.30-2.30 a.m.”

The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach the ISRO centre in Bengaluru on early Saturday morning to witness the live-streaming of the moon mission. He will watch the event with over 60 high school children from across the country. Notably, these students were shortlisted based on the results of an online space quiz.

Besides Yeddiyurappa, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, city Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, Union Ministers D V Sadananda Gowda and Pralhad Joshi, ruling BJP’s state unit President Nalin Kumar Kateel and other top officials were present at the air base to welcome Modi. This is the Prime Minister’s first visit to the capital city since the recent Lok Sabha elections.

“Modi will drive to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac) in the Peenya industrial area of the city’s northwest suburb by 1.00 a.m. and return to the hotel after watching the landing by 3.00 a.m. for rest,” added the VIP protocol official. The Prime Minister is expected to leave the city from the air base at around 9 AM on Saturday.

Meanwhile, ISRO had tweeted, “Less than four hours to go, we are ready for the historic event of landing of #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander.” India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon on Saturday between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM. With this, India will be the first country to reach closest to the moon’s south pole.