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Tech & ScienceIndia’s Moon lander is poised to make history

18:45  04 september  2019
18:45  04 september  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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India ’ s space agency has invested some 0 million to become the fourth country to perform a soft landing on the Moon Chandrayaan-2 was originally expected to make India the fifth country to soft land on the Moon , with Israel’s Beresheet lander poised to take the number four spot earlier this year.

The Indian Space Research Organisation is poised to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission Sunday (July 14) By studying one world, we can often make conclusions about others. Related: India ' s Long Lost Moon India ' s Vikram moon lander (left) is moved into launch position on the Chandrayaan-2 lunar

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With so many eyes on missions to Mars and other interesting destinations in our solar system, it might seem like making it to Earth’s Moon is old hat. Nothing could be further from the truth, and to date, just three countries (the United States, USSR, and China) have managed to land softly on the lunar surface.

Now, after launching its Chandrayaan-2 mission in late July, the Indian Space Research Organization is just days away from becoming the fourth country to touch down on the Moon. In an update on Monday, the mission team revealed that the landing module successfully separated from the orbiter which has been traveling around the Moon since August 20th, paving the way for the lander to complete its most daring maneuver in just a few days.

India successfully launches its first lunar lander bound for the Moon

India successfully launches its first lunar lander bound for the Moon India could become the fourth nation to touch down on the lunar surface in September. If successful, India will become the fourth nation to ever land a vehicle intact on the Moon. The lander is just one of a handful of vehicles headed to the Moon as part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission. It’s a follow up to Chandrayaan-1, India’s very first robotic mission to the Moon. That initiative, launched in 2008, successfully put a spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, as well as sent a probe crashing into the lunar surface.

India ’ s Vikram Lander has cleared one of its final hurdles ahead of touching down on the Moon The history - making machine will execute its next maneuver between 8:45am and 9:45am Indian time (3 The lander is due to finally touch down in the south pole region of the Moon on September 7. It will

India was all set to send a robotic rover to rumble around the south pole of the moon , a huge leap forward for its space program. The orbiter will conserve fuel by making ever-widening orbits around the Earth before being captured by the moon ’ s gravity and pulled into lunar orbit.

India’s space agency has invested some $140 million to become the fourth country to perform a soft landing on the Moon, and if the lander makes it to solid ground in one piece it will deploy a lunar rover for scientific observations of the lunar surface. One of the missions primary goals is to study the presence of water on the Moon, which could become a vital resource for future missions.

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Chandrayaan-2 was originally expected to make India the fifth country to soft land on the Moon, with Israel’s Beresheet lander poised to take the number four spot earlier this year. Unfortunately, that mission ended in a crash when the lander unexpectedly shut down just moments before landing. By the time the lander rebooted, it was too close to the surface to save itself from a devastating crash.

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The lander and the rover will land on the near side of the Moon , in the south polar region[23] at a latitude of about 70° south on 7 September 2019. A successful landing would make India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon , after the space agencies of the USSR, the USA and

If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon 's surface. For the first time in India ' s space history , an interplanetary expedition is being led by two women "There will be 15 terrifying minutes for scientists once the lander is released and is hurled towards the south

As exciting as things are for India’s space program at the moment, actually pulling off a soft landing is going to be incredibly difficult. The lander will have to perform a series of braking maneuvers to slow it down, allowing it to land rather than crash. Chandrayaan-2 is close to the finish line, but we’ll have to wait until Saturday to see if the lander sticks its landing.

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NASA will spy on India’s crashed moon lander next week.
Late last week, India's ISRO space agency experienced utter heartbreak when its Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander went quiet moments before its expected touchdown. The spacecraft slammed into the Moon rather than landing softly, and nobody really knows if it’s still alive, or what kind of shape it’s in. To help its space-faring friends in India, NASA will do its best to spot the landing (or crash) site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter next week. As Spaceflight Now reports, the US space agency will use the LRO’s powerful camera to scan Chandrayaan-2’s landing site on Tuesday.

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