The world, especially India with a close eye, awaits to watch Indian Space Research Organization’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2 attempt to land on the farther side of the moon in the wee hours of Saturday. If ISRO is able to successfully make a touchdown, India will become the fourth country to reach the celestial body’s South Pole. For facts, the dark southern far side of the moon is never visible from Earth.
Earlier, it has been confirmed by ISRO that the Moon-Lander, Vikram, had been separated from the ship and has been maneuvering the moon, inching closer to its surface. ISRO expects the moon-lander to make a touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the rover Prgayan will begin its voyage of the moon between 5:30 am and 6:30 am. Pragyan’s itinerary involves scanning the moon’s surface for water and click high-resolution images of the same. The lander Vikram and rover Pragyan’s lifespan is 14 days.
Stream the Landing Here
Interestingly, the nail-biting landing will be streamed live by ISRO on several platforms. Here are all the platforms where you can watch the historic landing:
- The space agency will be streaming from its main website here
- You can also watch Chandrayaan-2’s landing; on ISRO’s Twitter handle
- The Press Information Bureau (PIB) will stream the landing through its YouTube page here.
- You can also stream Chandrayaan-2’s landing on the moon on Hotstar from 11:30 pm on September 6.
- National Geographic will broadcast Chandrayaan-2’s moon landing. The television channel is bringing in NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger in a live show.
Made at a cost of Rs. 981 crores, Chandrayaan-2 lifted off from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 23.