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It is first time that a country is attempting to land on the south pole area of the moon
Chandrayaan 2, India`s second moon mission, is slated to create history early Saturday when its `Vikram` module makes a soft landing on moon`s south polar region.
It is first time that a country is attempting to land on the south pole area of the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is a composite module mission consisting of orbiter, lander and rover.
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Here is a timeline of the historic mission.
September 18, 2008- The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s Cabinet approved the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission. The subsequent years went into mission planning and execution with home-grown technology used for the expedition.
July 15, 2019- The launch of Chandrayaan 2 was called off about an hour before the launch due to technical snag.
July 22, 2019- ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
July 24, 2019- First earthbound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft performed successfully.
July 26,2019- Second earthbound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft performed.
July 28,2019- Third orbit-raising manoeuvre performed.
August 3, 2019- ISRO released the first set of earth pictures captured by Chandrayaan 2.
August 6, 2019- Fifth and the last orbit-raising manoeuvre performed.
August 14, 2019- After revolving around the earth`s orbit for nearly 23 days, the spacecraft entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.
August 20, 2019- Chandrayaan-2 successfully inserted into lunar orbit.
August 22,2019- ISRO released first moon image captured by Chandrayaan-2`s LI4 Camera.
September 1, 2019- The fifth and lunar manoeuvre executed successfully.
September 3, 2019- The first de-orbiting manoeuvre performed successfully in four seconds.
September 4, 2019- The second de-orbiting manoeuvre executed in nine seconds.
September 7, 2019- The Vikram lander of Chandrayaan 2 scheduled to soft-land on moon between 1.30 am and 2.30 am on Saturday.
It will be followed by the rollout of rover `Pragyan` between 5.30 a.m and 6.30 a.m.