'World will see exemplary prowess of our space scientists,' PM Modi tweets ahead of Chandrayaan-2 touchdown

File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 06, 2019, 01.31 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted ahead of Chandrayaan-2's touchdown on Moon's South Pole. The landing is expected to take place in the wee hours of early Saturday morning.

Exuding happiness and excitement, the prime minister said that the "moment 130 crore Indians were enthusiastically waiting for is here!". He urged everyone to "watch the special moments of Chandrayaan - 2 descending on to the Lunar South Pole".

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"India, and the rest of the world will yet again see the exemplary prowess of our space scientists," his tweet read. 

The prime minister will visit the Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) headquarters at Bengaluru to witness the final descent of Chandrayaan-2 to the lunar South Pole.

"I am extremely excited to be at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru to witness the extraordinary moment in the history of India’s space programme. Youngsters from different states will also be present to watch those special moments! There would also be youngsters from Bhutan," the PM tweeted out. 

The prime minister also shared that he has been "regularly and enthusiastically tracking all updates relating to Chandrayaan-2 since it was launched on 22nd July 2019". 

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"This Mission manifests the best of Indian talent and spirit of tenacity. Its success will benefit crores of Indians," he said.

India's ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday between 1:30 am to 2:30 am.

This will be followed by the Rover roll out between 5:30 am to 6:30 am, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated.

The second de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully in the wee hours of Wednesday.

This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to conduct a soft landing on the moon. 

India is the first country to attempt landing on the unexplored lunar South Pole.