Watch Live Landing of Vikram Lander on Moon on Sep 07, 2019 from 01:10 hrs IST onwards

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Lander Vikram

Bengaluru: On the day of landing, 7 September 2019, the Lander (Vikram) will separate from the Orbiter and then perform a series of complex maneuvers comprising of rough braking and fine braking.

Imaging of the landing site region prior to landing will be done for finding safe and hazard-free zones.

Vikram will attempt to make a soft landing in a high plain between two craters — Manzinus C and Simpelius N — at a latitude of about 70° South on 7 September 2019.

Rover Pragyan

Subsequently, the Rover (Pragyan) will roll out and carry out experiments on Lunar surface for a period of 1 lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days. The mission life of Vikram is also 1 lunar day.

The Orbiter will continue its mission for a duration of one year.


Geosyncranous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 had successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft at 2:43 p.m. IST on 22 July 2019 into its planned orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169.7 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 45475 Km. The launch took place from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

After the injection of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, a series of maneuvers were carried out using its onboard propulsion system to raise its orbit and place it in the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.

Orbiter and Lander

On entering Moon’s sphere of influence, on-board thrusters slowed down the spacecraft for Lunar Capture. Subsequently the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the moon was circularised to a 100×100 km orbit through a series of orbital maneuvers.

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