Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram is all set to land on the moon on September 7.(Reuters Photo)
Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram is all set to land on the moon on September 7.(Reuters Photo)

Chandrayaan 2 completes final de-orbital operations, all set for moon landing

Chandrayaan 2: According to the Indian space agency ISRO, Vikaram’s second de-orbital operations began at 3.42 am using the on-board propulsion system and was completed in nine seconds.
By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 05:29 PM IST

After a 9-second manoeuvre in the wee hours of Wednesday, Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander is in place to attempt a landing on September 7 at 01:55 am.

“With this manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the moon is achieved. The lander is scheduled to a powered descent between 0100 - 0200 hours IST on September 07, 2019,” said a statement from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

This was the second de-orbiting manoeuvre to bring the Vikram lander into a planned lower orbit of 35x101 km orbit at 03:42 am. This intermediary orbit between the nearly 100x100 km orbit planned for the Orbiter was suggested by a group of eminent scientists in 2018, while reviewing the mission.

Watch| Chandrayaan 2 about to create history: The journey so far  

Earlier, the descent of the lander was to happen from the higher 100x100 km orbit, just like Chandrayaan 1, where the impactor was dropped to the lunar surface from a similar orbit.

The orbiter continues to move in a 96 km x 125 km, collecting data on the lunar terrain, the thin atmosphere around the moon, lunar ionosphere, and minerals on the moon.

A successful landing will make India the fourth country after the USA, erstwhile USSR and China to have landed on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 will be the first mission to land near the lunar South Pole at 70 degrees latitude.

So far, all landings have happened in the region between the equator and 30 to 40 degrees north or south of it.

“Till the landing is complete, it will be terrifying. Till now, we have not operated the systems on-board the lander, especially the propulsion system. This is the phase, including the powered descent, that we will be doing for the first time. That is why it is critical,” Isro chairperson K Sivan said after the spacecraft entered the lunar orbit.

The clear images of the moon and the landings will be available five and a half hours after the landing.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
The first vaccination shot was received by Sentimeren Aonok, 54, a doctor at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).(AP | Representational image)
The first vaccination shot was received by Sentimeren Aonok, 54, a doctor at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).(AP | Representational image)

Covid 19 vaccination begins in Nagaland

Written by Alice Yhoshü
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:48 PM IST
Nagaland has received 26,500 vials of the vaccine for the initial phase of the vaccination and 100 health workers per district were listed to receive the vaccine on Saturday.
Close
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during Veterans day event, at the Indian Air Force headquarters training command in Bengaluru on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during Veterans day event, at the Indian Air Force headquarters training command in Bengaluru on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Army has boosted country's morale during border standoff with China: Rajnath

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:37 PM IST
Singh said this while addressing a gathering here during the 'bhoomipujan' and foundation stone laying ceremony of a new Command Hospital.
Close
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(HT File Photo)
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(HT File Photo)

Everyone was eagerly waiting for this day: Gehlot on Covid-19 vaccine roll-out

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:36 PM IST
Two vaccines—Covidshield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and Covaxin, developed indigenously by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech—are being administered in the inoculation programme.
Close
Partho Dasgupta, the former chief executive officer of BARC India, was arrested in the alleged TRP rigging scam by crime branch of the Mumbai Police on December 24 last year.(Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Partho Dasgupta, the former chief executive officer of BARC India, was arrested in the alleged TRP rigging scam by crime branch of the Mumbai Police on December 24 last year.(Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

TRP scam: former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta shifted to JJ Hospital

By Manish Pathak, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:25 PM IST
Kaushtubh Kurlekar, the jail superintendent, confirmed Dasgupta's hospitalisation.
Close
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan shows a dose of Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech at AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday as the first phase of vaccination begins across the country. (ANI Photo)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan shows a dose of Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech at AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday as the first phase of vaccination begins across the country. (ANI Photo)

Health minister deflects Congress' criticism over Covid-19 vaccine with photos

Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Manish Tewari had also said that the vaccines were being allowed to be used without the mandatory Phase 3 trials after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive.
Close
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a health worker at the Dr. R N Cooper Municipal General Hospital, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India launched one of the world�s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a health worker at the Dr. R N Cooper Municipal General Hospital, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India launched one of the world�s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

1,300 to get Covid-19 vaccination on the first day

By Ramesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:55 PM IST
Kerala has received 43,50,00 vials of the vaccine for the first phase of the vaccination.
Close
Madhura Patil, a health worker, gestures as she receives COVID-19 vaccine in the presence of Uddhav Thackeray, standing in white dress, Chief Minister of Maharashtra State in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)(AP)
Madhura Patil, a health worker, gestures as she receives COVID-19 vaccine in the presence of Uddhav Thackeray, standing in white dress, Chief Minister of Maharashtra State in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)(AP)

Launch of Covid-19 vaccine a revolutionary step: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:37 PM IST
Appealing the people to not let their guard down even though vaccines are being made available, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that "wearing a face mask is the best vaccine available".
Close
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the country's doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other frontline workers who fought against the virus are now going to get a protective shield. (ANI File Photo )
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the country's doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other frontline workers who fought against the virus are now going to get a protective shield. (ANI File Photo )

Rajnath Singh lauds scientists, PM Modi for Covid-19 vaccination drive

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:29 PM IST
"In the next phase, the vaccination campaign will reach 300 million people. It will certainly be a huge achievement," Rajnath Singh said.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, 30 November 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, 30 November 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)

Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla takes Covishield vaccine, congratulates PM

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:27 PM IST
  • The SII also plans to export Covishield doses to Brazil in the coming days.
Close
Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)
Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)

‘If vaccine is reliable, why no govt functionary took the shot’: Manish Tewari

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 03:23 PM IST
"Many eminent doctors have raised questions with regard to the efficacy and safety of Covaxin with the government saying that people will not be able to choose as to which vaccine they would like to take. This goes against the entire doctrine of informed consent," Tewari said.
Close
Around 19,000 frontline workers have registered to be vaccinated.(AP file photo)
Around 19,000 frontline workers have registered to be vaccinated.(AP file photo)

Vaccination drive kicks off in Goa, 700 recipients on the first day

By Gerard de Souza, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:18 PM IST
The vaccination drive has been launched at seven centres in Goa with 700 health workers scheduled to be vaccinated on the first day.
Close
Drones shower flowers during the Army Day Parade, at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Drones shower flowers during the Army Day Parade, at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Drone operations feature for first time at Army Day parade

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Army Chief Gen M M Naravane conferred gallantry awards and unit citations at the event, which was also attended by Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.
Close
A G Ahangar, director of Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences receives the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine.(HT Photo)
A G Ahangar, director of Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences receives the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine.(HT Photo)

Catering supervisor of Kashmir hospital among 1st to get Covid-19 vaccine

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:13 PM IST
  • The vaccination drive has started in every district of the Kashmir valley.
Close
A sanitation worker was the first to receive Covid 19 vaccine in Bhubaneswar(HT Photo)
A sanitation worker was the first to receive Covid 19 vaccine in Bhubaneswar(HT Photo)

Covid vaccination starts in Odisha, class IV hospital employee gets first shot

By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:56 PM IST
  • Odisha has received 4.08 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses of Covaxin vaccine in the first lot
Close
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan held up a dose of COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech to the media.(HT Photo/ Amal KS)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan held up a dose of COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech to the media.(HT Photo/ Amal KS)

Covid-19 vaccine will work as 'sanjeevani': Union health minister Harsh Vardhan

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:59 PM IST
The minister was speaking after witnessing the administration of the first coronavirus shot to a sanitation worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP