Explainer: How Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing Will Unfold Tonight

PUBLISHED ON: September 6, 2019 | Duration: 11 min, 55 sec

  
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"Fifteen minutes of terror." That's how the K Sivan, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, adds perspective to the highly complex Chandrayaan 2 moon mission as the lander Vikram prepares to touch down on the lunar surface less in less than 24 hours. India is looking to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the moon's south pole - a race which the ISRO says is getting resources and attention from other nations as the moon's craters in the south pole have been untouched by sunlight for billions of years, offering an undisturbed record of the solar system's origins. Its permanently shadowed craters are estimated to hold nearly 100 million tonnes of water.
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