After its take-off on July 22, Chandrayaan 2 mission is all set to land at moon's surface, tonight, at 1:55 a.m. The mission's success will script history as India will become the first nation to reach closest to the moon's south pole.
On August 20, 2019, when Chandrayaan 2 entered into the lunar orbit, ISRO had tweeted about the expected date of landing for moon lander Vikram.
Watch this video to find out more about Vikram — Chandrayaan 2’s Lander — and the different stages of its journey to the Moon’s south polar region! https://t.co/2qBLe0T710#ISRO #Moonmission #Chandrayaan2— ISRO (@isro) September 5, 2019
Moon lander Vikram has already lowered its altitude for the touchdown by performing two separate manoeuvres.
The rover Pragyan - that will roll out from the moon lander between 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. - will search for the presence of water, undertake a thorough mapping of moon's resources and click high-resolution images.
Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019.— ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2019
Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture.#ISRO pic.twitter.com/ZEoLnSlATQ
Most lunar landings in the past have taken place in the northern hemisphere. Consequently, the region being explored by moon lander Vikram is little explored. If Chandrayaan-2 successfully completes the mission, India will become the fourth nation after the US, Russia, and China, to pull off a successful soft landing on the moon.