New Delhi, September 04: A total of sixteen students from various Kendriya Vidyalayas across India will be witnessing the landing of Chandrayaan 2 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7. These students were selected through an Online Space Quiz conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Vikram, India’s first moon lander, will be landing on the south polar region of the moon on September 7 between 1:30 am and 2.30 am. As many as 1,50,279 students from various Kendriya Vidyalayas from all over the nation participated in the online space quiz conducted by ISRO.
The winners of earlier declared quiz on space technology by the government will get an opportunity to watch live the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission spacecraft making a soft landing on the lunar soil this month.
20 questions to be answered in 300 seconds
The quiz was launched on August 10, and was open for ten days. There were a total of twenty questions in the quiz competition that were required to be answered in five minutes. The quiz was announced by PM Modi during his Mann Ki Baat address.
As per a news agency, Vikram got nearer to the moon. With this, the Indian space agency has successfully completed the first of the two de-orbital operations. The de-orbital operation started at 8:50 am as planned, ISRO shared. The operation was carried out successfully using the onboard propulsion system for four seconds.
Next de-orbiting operation on Sept. 4
The orbit of Vikram Lander is 104 km x 128 km. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the moon in the existing orbit. Also, both the Orbiter and Lander are absolutely fine. The next de-orbiting operation will take place on Wednesday between 3:30 am and 4:30 am. Vikram got separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday afternoon.
The students and PM Modi will witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the moon at ISRO control room in Bengaluru.
If India soft lands on the moon by putting the Vikram lander and Pragyaan rover on the moon surface, then it would become the fourth country to execute this complex feat after the US, Russia and China.