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India's Chandrayaan-2 to land on moon tomorrow

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World   Chandrayaan-2

India’s second unmanned moon mission Chandrayaan-2 stands just hours away from its destination of landing where no country has gone before, the south pole of the lunar surface.

The lander, named Vikram after Vikram Sarabhai, considered the father of India’s space programme, is expected to land early on Saturday morning, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the ISRO Headquarters at Bengaluru to witness the final descent, it was officially announced today.

Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft consisted of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander separated from the orbiter, which continues to circle over the moon, on September 2 for the soft-landing on the moon which, if successful, will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China, to achieve the feat.

Landing softly on the moon is a complex task. Only 37% of such attempts have been successful.

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