Modi to witness ‘Vikram’ soft-landing on moon

A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon.

Updated - December 03, 2021 08:17 am IST

Published - September 05, 2019 06:43 pm IST - Bengaluru

The control centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru on September 3, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@isro

The control centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru on September 3, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@isro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bengaluru to witness live Chandrayaan-2’s landing module ‘Vikram’ trying to pull off a historic soft-landing on the lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Bengaluru on September 6 and will view the Chandrayaan landing during the wee hours on September 7 at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) near Peenya, and will leave for Mumbai on the same day,” a Karnataka government official release said.

Around 60- 70 students from across the country will watch the historic event with the Prime, the ISRO has said.

 

Two top-scoring students in ISRO’s online space quiz contest from each State and Union Territory have been invited by the space agency to watch the event

‘Vikram’ (with rover ‘Pragyaan’ housed inside) is expected to touch down on the moon surface between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russia, the U.S. and China to achieve a soft-landing on the moon.

 

But it will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored south pole region of the moon.

 

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