Published: 06th September 2019
History in the making: Here's when and how you can watch Chandrayaan-2 landing on the moon
The lander Vikram and rover Pragyan's lifespan is 14 days. After that, there will be another 14 days of darkness on the area of the moon where they are
The world will watch on September 7, 2019, as India looks to create history by becoming the first nation to land a search vehicle closest to the moon's south pole. ISRO's Chairman K Sivan has called Chandrayaan-2 the "most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO". Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 60 schoolchildren will see the historic landing live from the space agency's control room in Bengaluru. Well, you can also watch it live. Here's how:
ISRO will telecast the updates on its official website, isro.gov.in from its control room at the Satellite Control Centre (SCC) in Bengaluru.
Watch it here: https://www.isro.gov.in/gslv-mk-iii-m1-chandrayaan-2-mission/watch-live-landing-of-vikram-lander-moon
The same will stream on the Press Information Bureau of India’s official YouTube channel, too. For minute-by-minute updates, you can also track ISRO’s Twitter handle '@isro'.
Besides that, National Geographic on Tuesday, September 3, announced it will also cover the landing. In connection with this, the television channel is also bringing in NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, who will share his experiences in space with the audience on an exclusive chat show during the live telecast.
Forty-seven days after it left Earth, Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram will decide on the exact landing spot on the Moon when it would be 100 m above the lunar surface. India’s Chandrayaan-2 will make contact with Moon’s surface between 1.30 am and 2.30 am (local time) on September 7, followed by the Rover roll out between 5.30 am and 6.30 am, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) website. On Saturday, if everything goes according to ISRO's plan, the country will enter an exclusive group of nations that have made a soft landing on the Earth’s natural satellite.
Chandrayaan-2 has chosen two landing sites — one primary and one secondary. Its preferred landing site is between two craters Manzinus and Simpelius, about 350km north of Moon's south pole. A successful soft-landing on the Moon would make India the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to do so. Till date, only 37 per cent of all Moon landing attempts by any country has been successful.