US scientists and NASA also was excited about Chandrayaan-2
Washington : American space scientists, including NASA, are also excited about India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission in the early hours of the soft landing on the lunar surface on Saturday and are waiting for this moment to hold their breath.
Chandrayaan-2 module Vikram will start its mission early Saturday for a soft landing on the moon. With the success of Vikram, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing of its rover on the moon.
Earlier, Russia, America and China have achieved this position, but India will be the first country to land its lander at the south pole of the moon.
US space scientists believe that this historic mission will further help in understanding the structure of the moon. The Indian embassy in Washington has also arranged for the live telecast of the Vikram Lander landing on the moon.
During this, Chandrayaan-2 will also be performed. NASA space scientists will also monitor the historic landing moment by moment. Vikram Lander is expected to land on the lunar surface between 4 pm and 5 pm, local time in New York.
Space.com said that wherever India’s six-wheeled rover ‘Pragyan’ will land on the south pole of the moon, it will become the most important place on the moon.
This will be the southernmost end of the moon where the vehicle will reach. Brett Denevi, a space scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University, said that the Chandrayaan-2 will land where it is completely unaccounted for.
It is worth noting that Chandrayaan-2 has taken 13 devices with them, 12 of which are from India and one is from NASA. Denevi told Nature magazine that he is very excited about the ‘Orbiter’s’ imaging infrared spectrometer, which will calculate the light being reflected from the lunar surface in a wide wave range.
He said, ‘This information will be used to find the amount of water and its quantity on the surface because water absorbs the light of certain waves. NASA space scientist
Dave William said that Chandrayaan-2 will provide answers to many important questions. He said, “We have surveyed the moon many times from the orbit but it is not like going there.”
It is a matter of national pride for India. The New York Times wrote on Thursday that Chandrayaan-2 is much cheaper than the cost of other space missions. It costs $ 150 million, which is half the budget of the 2014 Hollywood film ‘Interstellar’.
Timothy Swindle, director of the Moon and Planetary Laboratory affiliated with the University of Arizona, said scientists are hoping the mission will help identify the source of water there and understand the potential for its use for future missions.