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- Chandrayaan-2 landing time is between 1:30-2:30am IST
- In India, ISRO, Doordarshan, and Hotstar to offer live telecast
- Pragyan is the name of the Chandrayaan-2 lunar rover
- Chandrayaan-2 moon landing: how and when to watch live
- Chandrayaan-2 rover: name and launch time
Chandrayaan-2, India’s historic Moon mission, will attempt in the early hours of Saturday to reach its desired conclusion: land on the lunar surface. It’s taken over six weeks to get there, thanks to the more fuel-efficient slingshot technique used by Chandrayaan-2, which meant it spent three weeks orbiting the Earth before launching itself towards the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 then took a week to reach the Moon, before inserting itself into the lunar orbit, where it’s been ever since. Vikram — Chandrayaan-2’s lander, named after the “father of the Indian space programme” Vikram Sarabhai — detached itself from the orbiter at the start of this week, and will try to land in the Moon’s south polar region after midnight Friday IST. If you’re interested in watching the Chandrayaan-2 Moon landing live, here’s what you need to know.
Chandrayaan-2 moon landing: how and when to watch live
Naturally, ISRO — India’s space agency that’s behind Chandrayaan-2 — is hosting its own live stream of the Vikram lander’s Moon landing attempt. The ISRO Chandrayaan-2 live stream will go live at 1:10am IST on Saturday, September 7 on ISRO’s official YouTube channel. (Or you can simply use the embed below.) ISRO says the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram will attempt a powered descent towards the Moon between 1-2am IST, before attempting a touchdown between 1:30-2:30am IST. If it’s successful, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the Moon after the Soviet Union, the US, and China.