Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently scripted history with the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2. The space agency is now offering Indian students an opportunity to watch the soft landing of Moon Mission’s spacecraft on the lunar surface with Prime Minister Narendra Modi from ITS Bengaluru Centre. The quiz, launched with the aim of increasing awareness about the space programme, will be conducted by ISRO in coordination with MyGov.in from 10th August to 20th August, 2019.
The duration of the quiz will be 10 minutes (600 Seconds) during which students will have to answer 20 questions - with one mark each. According to the terms and conditions of the quiz, parents or guardian can help only in the translation of questions if needed but should not assist in answering the questions. Students of class 8 to class 10 can participate in the contest.
“Two top scoring students from each state and Union Territory will be invited to ISRO, Bengaluru Centre to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon, live along with the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the information available on MyGov.in reads. The Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon on the night of either September 6 or 7.
ISRO has recently shared images of the Earth captured by LI4 camera installed in Chandrayaan-2. In a series of tweet, ISRO said, “first set of beautiful images of the Earth captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander. Earth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019, 17:28 UT.”
Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45,475 km by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style. Chandrayaan-2 has three elements including the Rover, the Lander, and the Orbiter. As soon as the spacecraft will make a soft landing on the moon, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and then perform a series of complex manoeuvres comprising of tough braking and fine braking.
The lander, named Vikram, will land near the Moon’s South Pole and then it will then carry out experiments on Lunar surface for 1 Lunar day. A single lunar day is equal to 14 Earth days. However. Orbiter will continue its mission for a duration of one year.
The historic Chandrayaan-2 mission will target a completely unexplored section of the Moon that is, its “South Polar region - Aitken Basin”. By conducting topographical studies and mineralogical analyses alongside a few other experiments on the Moon’s Surface, the ISRO’s ambitious mission aimed to get a better understanding of the Moon’s origin and its evolution.