India is one step closer to conquering the moon and becoming only the fourth nation to successfully put a working machine on our natural satellite. Its mission, Chandrayan-2, has today successfully released its rover, Vikram, from the orbiter and sent it towards the moon's surface. The crucial step took just 52 seconds and comes after Chandrayaan-2 entered lunar orbit two weeks ago and completed five trips around the moon. Vikram is expected to touch down on September 7, according to The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chandrayan-2 (pictured) has successfully released its rover, Vikram, from the orbiter and sent it towards our natural satellite.
India's space agency is preparing to launch its ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission next week which is set to land near the currently unexplored south pole of the moon. Chandrayaan-2 will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota on the country's south west coast at 2.51am (10.21pm It is the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) second lunar probe, and the first one destined to land on the moon, and is scheduled to land on September 6. India will become only the fourth country, after the US, Russia and China, to reach Earth's satellite if successful. The ISRO has said it chose to explore the south pole as it is possible there is water in the permanently shadowed areas, which could pave the way for future lunar habitation.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 9 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Scientists in India are attempting to make contact with the Vikram probe after its nerve-wracking descent to the surface of the moon last week. The Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the uncrewed probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious moon-landing attempt Friday. However, K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, confirmed Sunday that the lander had been spotted.