India is on the verge of making history as Chandrayaan-2 is all set to land on the moon. The Rs 978-crore unmanned Chandrayaan-2 mission (satellite cost Rs 603 crore, GSLV MK III cost Rs 375 crore) is expected to shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, it's South Polar region.
The rover Pragyan will roll out from the moon lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am. New Delhi: India looks to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the Moon's south pole as the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is scheduled to land on the lunar surface after midnight today.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Friday, hours before India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 attempting the nation's first-ever soft lunar landing, said, "We're eagerly waiting for the event. Everything is going according to plan." The Vikram Lander is scheduled to touchdown on the surface of Moon between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM on Saturday. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22.
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. PM Narendra Modi will watch the mission live with 60-70 school children at ISRO centre, Bangalore.