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ISRO shares adorable Chandrayaan-2 cartoon hours ahead of landing; an 'excited' PM Modi urges India to watch

The lunar lander successfully separated from the orbiter at 1.15 pm on Monday.

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Sep 06, 2019, 02.47 PM IST
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While reiterating the importance of the Chandrayaan-2, PM Modi said that its success will benefit crores of Indians.
The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to create history on Saturday by becoming the first country to attempt to land on the south pole of the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 will soon be making a soft landing on the moon's surface, and with this, India will become the fourth country to achieve the feat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 60 teenagers will watch the epic moment live at the ISRO headquarters. The Chandrayaan-2 is just hours away from the milestone, and to mark this period, ISRO took to Twitter to share a cartoon featuring the lunar orbiter and lander Vikram where the former wishes the latter luck for the upcoming moments.

"It was great travelling with you so far Vikram. Best of luck! I hope you reach the South Pole soon," said the lunar orbiter. To this, the lander replied, "It was quite the journey indeed! I'll see you around - in the orbit."

An excited PM Modi took to Twitter to urge everyone to witness the grand event and share pictures of it. While reiterating the importance of the Chandrayaan-2, he also said that its success will benefit crores of Indians.

The lunar lander successfully separated from the orbiter at 1.15 pm on Monday and will touchdown between 1.30 am to 2.30 am tomorrow. It is expected to touch down near the south pole of the moon during the early hours of Saturday.

United States of America, China and Russia are the other countries who have successfully landed on the moon.

Earlier, ISRO also released pictures of the Earth from a distance of 5000 kilometres. It also shared pictures of the moon. The Chandryaan-2 began its descent on July 22 from from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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The Chandrayaan-2 launch is expected to take place today. Its postponement last week is reminiscent of other times when reaching the final frontier was delayed. In Pic: A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district.

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