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Chandrayaan-2 sets to land on Moon tomorrow

Chandrayaan-2 sets to land on Moon tomorrow

Chandrayaan-2 is all set to land tomorrow on the Moon. The lander Vikram touchers the surface of the Moon at 1:55 a.m. IST on September 7.

Lander Vikram would begin its descent from an altitude of 30 km from lunar surface at 1:40 a.m. IST on September 7 and would soft-land near the South Pole at 1:55 a.m.

A sequence of powered manoeuvres is used to cover the distance of 30 km towards the lunar surface in about 15 minutes.

The lander has a camera which will scan to make sure that there are no obstructions in the landing area for a smooth landing.

Vikram would be the first craft to land near the lunar south pole. The expected landing spot is a highland that rises between two craters. The two craters are Manzinus C and Simpelius N.

Lander Vikram will use a ramp to roll out the rover Pragyan on the lunar surface the same day. The expected time for the roll-out of the rover will be 5:55 a.m. IST.

The rover Pragyan would experiment with the lunar surface for one Lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days.

ISRO has a backup site for landing if needed. The selected spot would be at 67.7 degrees south latitude and 18.4 degrees west longitude.

The first pictures from the Moon will be released by 7:30 a.m. the same day.

The rover would have no direct communication access to Earth or the orbiter but it can communicate only to the lander. The lander would relay the data to Earth.

The communication link between the both, i.e. the lander and the rover has a maximum range of 500 m. If the rover goes beyond that, it would lose contact with the lander.

ISRO would telecast updates on the landing on its website. It would also be streamed on the Press Information Bureau (PIB)’s YouTube channel.

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