As India waits eagerly for its historic moment when Chandrayaan 2 will land on the moon, making India only the fourth country in the world to do so, other nations and allies of India are equally excited to witness India creating history on the early hours of September 7. Israel ambassador Ron Malka, while addressing a gathering, said that space was the limit for the relations between India and Israel. The crucial landing of 'Vikram', Chandrayaan-2's moon lander, will be carried out by at least eight onboard equipment in a coordinated manner. 'Vikram' with rover 'Pragyaan' housed inside is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.
The Israel ambassador hailed India's relations with Israel and said that there were no limits to the cooperation between both the countries. Ron Malka said that previously, there used to be a saying that sky was the limit for the relations between Israel and India, then that changed to space was the limit as there was improved cooperation between the two and now has gone on to exist without any limits. The Israeli ambassador pointed out that India was Israel's 'precious friend' and was among the only five countries in the world to make a landing on the moon and said that Israel was very proud of India. Hailing the 'huge potential' of the relations between both the nations, the Israeli ambassador stressed on strengthening relations in the future and is keen on increasing cooperation and exchange between both the countries.
"There's a saying, that the sky is the limit for India-Israel relations. We cooperated at that limit so it became space is the limit. We then reached the space together. So there are no limits... India is Isreal's precious friends. They have huge potential. India and Israel are among the five countries that have touched the moon. We are very keen to increase cooperation, interaction and exchange with India", said Israeli ambassador Ron Malka.
Chandrayaan-2's landing module 'Vikram' will begin its final descent to pull off a historic soft landing on the lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday, as the Indian Space Research Organisation awaits (ISRO) with bated breath for the "terrifying moment." A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon. But it will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored lunar south pole. Joined by about 60-70 high school students from across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru to witness live the space feat, according to officials. ISRO Chairman K Sivan spoke exclusive to Republic TV on Friday ahead of the much-awaited historic landing of Chandrayaan 2 on the moon. "The preparations are going on for the landing and we are awaiting the landing. Everything is autonomous we don't have to do everything, we simply have to wait. The Prime Minister will come and we all are eagerly waiting. We are super excited and there will be no delay," he said