Indian moon mission's landing module separates from orbiter, says space agency

The lander has been named in honor of the father of Indian space research program Vikram Sarabhai. The lander separated at 1.15 pm and is now located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km.

The module will attempt India's first moon landing on a relatively flat surface on September 7 to study previously discovered water deposits.

India's first moon lander Vikram successfully separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Chandrayaan-2's successful completion of lunar orbit insertion while stating that the mission would carry out a soft landing on the moon on September 7. The powered descent will occur on September 7 followed by the Vikram Touch Down on the same day between 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm. It will then liberate a small solar-powered rover dubbed Pragyan. The Chandrayaan-2 mission comes 11 years after India's previous moon mission, and one of the major reasons for the delay was that Russian Federation, which was supposed to make the lander for the mission, could not deliver on time and then backed out after its own mission to a Martian moon failed. (27 kilograms). The rover is scheduled to leave its berth on the lander about 4 hours after arrival on the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan-2 has taken a relatively circuitous route to the moon.

On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit.

Launch took place July 22 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre atop of a GSLV Mk 3 launch vehicle, with five orbit raising maneuvers performed before trans-lunar injection August 13. Its eight payloads include a Terrain Mapping Camera, which will produce a 3D map for studying lunar mineralogy and geology. At exactly 2.43 p.m., the Rs 375 crore GSLV-Mk III rocket began its ascent into space from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).

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