"Let us pray for a successful soft landing" – this almost sums up the mood at ISRO before the extremely important Saturday event of the Chandrayan-2 mission.
Nervous and anxious for sure, but with a city headquarters, the space agency is cautiously optimistic about the soft landing of the Vikram module on the lunar surface planned in the early hours of Saturday.
"All are tightly closed. I'm a tight lip too. Let the event end, "said a senior official connected with the mission Thursday. "The mind of every body is only on what happens in the spacecraft (Chandrayan-2) and the spacecraft (Vikram). We all pray for a successful soft landing," the official said.
ISRO Chairman (Indian Space Research K Sivan recently said that the space agency had "done everything humanly possible" for the success of the mission. Top space scientists also expressed confidence in the success of the ambitious endeavor.
it will be a remarkable event (soft landing) and we all look forward to it. I am sure it will be 1
Another former chairman of ISRO, AS Ki en Kumar, identified the proposed soft landing as one of the most critical operations. "So far, whatever has been done compared to this, we are now entering the most critical phase. So far, all things have gone according to plan and it is expected that every thing will
Anadurai, the project director of Chandrayan-1 and program director of the Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, noted that ISRO has attempted to undertake more than 40 GEO (Geosyncronous Equatorial Orbit) missions.
"I'm sure this (soft landing) will pass," Anadurai said, adding that ISRO had conducted many tests before launch and was part of the review team at some of them.
Following its launch on July 22, the Chandrayan 2 spacecraft, including orbit, lander and rover, left Earth in the dark hours of August 14 and six days later entered the moon's orbit.
On 2 September, a Rs 978 lunar mission in the moon moved a step closer to the moon after the Vikram landing module was successfully detached from the t orbit and its orbit dropped in two more maneuvers over the next two days.
Vikram is scheduled to descend with power between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday, followed by the landing of Lander carrying the Prahyan Rover between 1.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on the unexplored lunar south pole, ISRO said.
ISRO President K Sivan stated that the moon's soft landing would be a "terrifying" moment, a reference to the complexities involved in the event,