Everything you need to know about Vikram, Chandrayaan 2's lander, as it lands on the Moon
- Chandrayaan 2 will be attempt to soft land on the Moon between 1:30am and 2:30am tonight.
- The entire process will take 15 minutes.
- The lander, Vikram, will be shutting down its engines — one by one — as it gets closer to the lunar surface.
Vikram, Chandrayaan 2's lander, is on its way to the Moon's South Pole to attempt a soft landing. This is the most difficult part of the Chandrayaan 2 mission.
Of all the missions that have attempted to soft land on the Moon, only 37% have been successful.
Former Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman, G. Madhavan Nair, stated that will be ISRO's ‘most complex' mission ever. The current ISRO Chairman K Sivan also believes that Chandrayaan's 2 soft landing on the Moon's South Pole will be the ‘most terrifying' 15 minutes for the onground team.
Here's everything you need to know about Vikram landing on the Moon:
Vikram will be landing between Mazinus C and Simpelius N craters near the Moon’s South Pole
Vikram will start its descent 100 kilometers from the lunar surface and 587 kilometers from the landing site
The orbiter will be scanning the landing site and tracking Vikram from the Moon’s orbit
Vikram’s final descent will begin when it’s 30 kilometers from the surface
Vikram will shut down half of its engines
Switching over to the central engine
Touchdown on the Moon
It’s not over yet
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