Chandrayaan 2 Landing LIVE: Photos from ISRO Command Centre Show Edge-of-Seat Excitement for Moon

Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing LIVE Updates: New photos have emerged from inside the ISRO Command Centre in Bengaluru, which show tension and excitement among men and women part of the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission. The scheduled Chandrayaan 2 moon landing time is between 1:30-2:30 am on Saturday. The Vikram lander of the spacecraft is due to touchdown in the lunar South Pole region, which the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says is “completely unexplored”. With the feat, India will become only the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

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The lunar rover named Pragyan that will emerge from the spaceship will help scientists understand better the origin and evolution of the Moon through studying the area’s topography and minerals. The area also has craters that are “cold traps”, and which would contain a record of the early solar system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is headed to the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru where he will watch the final descent of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon’s surface.

Sep 7, 2019 1:21 am (IST)

Visuals from ISRO Centre in Bengaluru

Scientists gear up for the soft landing of Vikram lander on the South Pole region of the moon. 60 students from across the country, who were selected through the ISRO’s ‘Space Quiz’ competition to watch the landing along with PM Modi, also present at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru.

Sep 7, 2019 1:19 am (IST)

Watch Live: Visuals from Bengaluru as Chandrayaan 2 is set to begin its final descent towards moon.

Sep 7, 2019 1:18 am (IST)

Vikram lander will begin its descent in 20 minutes.

Sep 7, 2019 1:04 am (IST)

Watch Live: Watch Chandrayaan 2’s Soft Landing on Moon here.

Sep 7, 2019 1:04 am (IST)

Watch Live: Watch Chandrayaan 2’s Soft Landing on Moon here.

Sep 7, 2019 1:01 am (IST)

Bengaluru Over the Moon as India Braces for Chandrayaan 2 Soft-Landing 

Excitement is building up in Bengaluru, as India’s moon lander eVikram braces for a slow descent and soft-landing near the moon’s south pole in the wee hours of Saturday, followed by the rollout of its rover ePragyan for a stroll after dawn.

Sep 7, 2019 12:54 am (IST)

A video played on a giant screen showing the Chandrayaan 2 tracking in a media enclosure at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru: A video played on a giant screen showing the Chandrayaan 2 tracking in a media enclosure at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI9_7_2019_000002B)
Sep 7, 2019 12:50 am (IST)

After Chandrayaan 2, Gaganyaan is set to be India’s next moon mission where India will send an astronaut to Moon. Indian Air Force Tweeted the latest update on India’s next moon mission.

Sep 7, 2019 12:42 am (IST)

Celebrity Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes India to the community of Moon-faring nations.

Sep 7, 2019 12:36 am (IST)

A dish antenna tracks the moon at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru: A dish antenna tracks the moon at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI9_7_2019_000001B)
Sep 7, 2019 12:32 AM (IST)

Rooting for team India: Jeff Bezos tweets for Chandrayaan-2
World’s richest man and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has tweeted, “Rooting for team India. Good luck, India!”

Sep 7, 2019 12:27 am (IST)

2 Kerala Students Among Dozens Selected to Watch Moon LandingTwo students from Kerala are among dozens of students from across the country selected by ISRO through an online quiz to watch the final descent of the lander Vikram as it happens from the space agency’s Telemetry tracking and command network at Bengaluru. Shivani S Prabhu is a Class 10 student of Holy Angels’ ISC School at nearby Nanthancode was selected along with Ahmed Thanveer, a Class 9 student of Army Public School, Kannur, to witness India’s historic moment along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sep 7, 2019 12:20 am (IST)

When will We Get the First Data from the Pragyan Rover?

Even as the rover rolls out on to the surface, its external camera will be active, ISRO chief Dr K Sivan says. The scientific data, however, will only come through about 5.8 hours after the landing, he added. The six-wheel rover, Pragyan, has two instruments onboard that will help it in conducting its tests. Its main objective is to find out if water-ice exists permanently in the shadowed part of the moon.

Sep 7, 2019 12:18 am (IST)

Why is Chandrayaan 2 Landing so Important for India and the Rest of the World?

“We are going to land at a place for the first time on the south pole and NASA has already announced the project of a having human habitat type of thing on the south pole. So this will be giving input on a program which is concerning humanity in a major way,” he added. Sivan has said that the around $140 million Chandrayaan-2 mission was the nation’s most prestigious to date, in part because of the technical complexities of landing on the lunar surface — an event he described as “15 terrifying minutes.”

Sep 7, 2019 12:16 am (IST)

What is the Success Rate of Chandrayaan 2 Landing?
The success rate of landing on the moon is only 37%, ISRO chairman Dr. K. Sivan said in a news conference. When the semi-autonomous lander uses artificial intelligence to land on its own, after matching the landing spot with pre-loaded images of the region, “it’ll be a mix of feeling, of happiness and tension and more anxiety,” Sivan said, likening it to a “bridegroom separated from the parents’ house.”

Sep 7, 2019 12:13 am (IST)

Muthayya Vanitha: ISRO’s Rocket Woman Who Shattered the Glass Ceiling and Aimed for the Moon

As Chandrayaan-2 left the surface of the earth and blasted its way into space, the responsibility of managing the mammoth operation switched hands. Mission director, Ritu Karidhal assumed the control of navigating the rover towards the Moon, while project director Muthayya Vanitha heaved a sigh of relief. India’s second inter-planetary mission was made possible by a group of ace women scientists and leading them by the example of sheer dedication and perseverance was Vanitha.

Sep 7, 2019 12:11 am (IST)

Here is a Tintin themed creative on Chandrayaan 2.

Sep 7, 2019 12:08 am (IST)

A comic strip on Vikram lander by ISRO. 

Sep 6,2019 11:12 pm (IST)

Here is an infographic explaining all the details of Chandrayaan 2.

Sep 6, 2019 11:17 pm (IST)

Who is Chandrayaan 2 Director Ritu Karidhal?
Senior scientist Ritu Karidhal, along with Vanitha M, is helming the moon mission. Karidhal played a key role in realising the Mars Orbiter Mission, which created history by being the first mission to reach Mars in its first attempt. Karidhal, who joined ISRO in November 1997, has worked for several prestigious missions of the space agency and has also been in the position of Director of Operations for many missions.

Sep 6, 2019 11:10 pm (IST)

Watch Chandrayaan 2 landing on Nat Geo with NASA Astronaut
National Geographic on Tuesday announced that it is all set to take its viewers on a once in a lifetime expedition to witness a historic event in the country’s space endeavors, the Chandrayaan-2 landing on September 7 at 1.30 a.m.-2.30 a.m. The TV channel is bringing in NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger in an exclusive live show where he will share his experiences in space.

Sep 6, 2019 11:04 pm (IST)

Chandrayaan 2 Project Director’s Classmates Plan Felicitation

The classmates of M. Vanitha, Project Director of the Chandrayaan 2 mission, are planning to hold a felicitation function here sometime this year to honor her. “We would like to hold a small felicitation function to honor Vanitha. We are all proud of her. She is a reserved person and I hope she agrees to our proposal,” Jawahar Sabapathy, Director, CSG International, told IANS. He said the felicitation function is planned sometime in October. Vanitha is the first female Project Director of India’s inter-planetary mission. She passed out of the College of Engineering, Guindy here.

Sep 6, 2019 11:03 pm (IST)

Special Prayers Held for Vikram’s Successful Landing

Seeking the Moon God Chandran’s blessings for the successful landing of India’s moon lander Vikram, special prayers were held at the Chandranaar Temple in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district, said a temple official. “We had a special ‘abhishekam’ and ‘Archana’ today (Friday) evening, seeking the divine blessings of Chandran,” said V. Kannan, Manager at the Sri Kailasanathan Temple or the Chandranaar Temple. A special pooja was also organized for the success of Chandrayaan 1 before the rocket lifted off in 2008, he said.

Sep 6, 2019 11:01 pm (IST)

Chandrayaan 2 to Benefit Mankind Across Globe, Says Former NASA Astronaut

Former astronaut Jerry Linenger, who spent five months inside the space station Mir, says India’s contribution towards space exploration over the years has been instrumental in unraveling some great discoveries. “India’s contribution towards space exploration over the years has been instrumental in unraveling discoveries beyond Earth. Chandrayaan 2 is a breakthrough mission that will enable us to understand the presence of water on the moon,” Linenger said.

Sep 6, 2019 10:55 pm (IST)

Here is a look at the major differences between Chandrayaan 1 and Chandrayaan 2 

Chandrayaan 2, India’s second mission to the moon, is a three-component mission, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander ‘Vikram’, named after father of Indian space research program Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, carrying the rover ‘Pragyan’, will be landed in a high plain between two craters at a latitude of about 70 degrees south of the moon.

Then the 27-kg ‘Pragyan’ meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit and a six-wheeled robotic vehicle, will set out on its job of collecting information on the lunar surface. The rover can travel up to half a km leveraging solar energy and both Pragyan and Vikram have a mission life of one lunar day, which approximately equals 14 Earth days.

The Chandrayaan-2 has 13 payloads in total with eight of them in the orbiter, three payloads in Vikram and two in Pragyan. Five payloads are from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria.

Chandrayaan had lifted off from India’s spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 22. The spacecraft used in the mission comprises an orbiter, a lander called Vikram and a rover called Pragyan almost entirely designed and made in India. The orbiter has a mission life of a year and will take images of the lunar surface.

About $140 million was spent on preparations for the probe’s mission — a much smaller price tag compared to similar operations by other countries. It was launched on India’s most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII, nicknamed by the media as Baahubali. The lift-off was successful in its second attempt, a week after it was aborted just under an hour from its launch due to a technical glitch.

Chandrayaan 1 orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water. ISRO chairman K Sivan has said that landing on the lunar surface involves a lot of technical complexities — an event he described as “15 terrifying minutes.” India plans to send humans into space by 2022. The last time humans were on the Moon was in 1972 when the US Apollo 17 mission took Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans – and five mice Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum, and Phooey — there and back.

According to Chandrayaan 1 director Mylswamy Annadurai, the new Indian mission could be a “precursor for future manned missions”. This could be the first step towards exploring Mars, with reaching and colonising the Red Planet viewed by government and private interests as the next challenge. The US space agency NASA said last year it believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years. Billionaire Elon Musk wants to get people there too.

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