Chandrayaan-2 is now ready for its automatic landing, said the former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist, Nambi Narayanan while speaking to Republic TV on Wednesday. The first de-orbiting maneuver of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander was successfully carried out on Tuesday. This entails a huge step towards achieving a soft landing on the Moon. In a tweet, ISRO posted a photograph of the ISRO control room in Bengaluru.
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) September 3, 2019
The first de-orbit maneuver for #VikramLander of #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 03, 2019) at 0850 hrs IST.
For details please visit https://t.co/K5dS113UJL
Here's view of Control Centre at ISTRAC, Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/Ddeo2URPg5
Speaking to Republic TV, Nambi Narayanan said, "ISRO will be putting Chandrayaan-2 on the automatic landing system. The ratio to reach the Moon is now around 35km : 112km. The travel time to reach the Moon's surface is 35km to the Moon's surface, which is about 15 minutes. After it lands, ISRO will wait for about four hours so that the dust created by this landing will be settled and then the first pictures will be out."
Having detached from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, the Vikram lander is all set to land on the Moon in the early hours of September 7. If all goes to plan, India will be the first to explore the south pole region of the Moon. The Vikram lander is also set to deploy a rover which will aid exploration with a degree of mobility and additional instruments. According to ISRO, the main aim of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. This will make India the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon after Russia, US and China.