New Delhi: ISRO’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2‘ is all set to land on the Moon on early Saturday morning. The Moon lander Vikram is expected to make a soft landing on the lunar surface between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM on September 7, stated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The landing mission will be live-streamed by ISRO on various websites and platforms. ISRO revealed that the lunar mission will be broadcasted starting from 1:10 AM tonight.
Here’s How to Watch the Chandrayaan-2 Moon Landing Mission LIVE:
Interested people can either watch the telecast on Doordarshan or a webcast of the ‘lunar landing’ on the ISRO’s Youtube channel. In addition, ISRO will also stream the mission on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Notably, two different landing sites have been chosen by the ISRO for the lander such as the primary landing site and the secondary backup site, stated a Times of India report. The space agency added that Lander Vikram will select the final landing site once it is about 100 meters from the Moon’s surface. The lander will collect and analyze the data to make the decision in a matter of seconds. The report further said that the entire mission will be over in a matter of minutes if everything goes as per the plan.
The primary landing site is situated between two craters on the Moon known as Manzinus and Simpelius. This site is just 350km north from the south pole on the moon. According to the information in the report, Moon lander Vikram will start its final descent from 35km above the surface. Within 10 minutes, the lander will be 7.4km above the surface. 38-seconds later, the lander will be 5km away from the surface.
Within 89 seconds, Vikram will reach 400 meters above the Moon surface. Here the lander will hover to collect some data. Immediately after this, the lander will reach 100 meters above the surface where it will stop to the device on the final landing site. A successful moon landing will make India the fourth country to achieve this feat after the United States, Russia, and China.