Vikram-Pragyan break away from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter; All eyes now on Moon landing
Monday, 2 September 2019 Isro, on Monday, carried out another flawless operation to separate the landing module (Vikram & Pragyan) from the orbiter, and all health parameters of both the orbiter - which will now go around Moon alone for at least a year - and the landing module were said to be normal. Vikram is expected to touchdown on the lunar surface between 1.30am and 2.30am on September 5.
Chandrayaan 2's lander Vikram is set to attempt a soft landing on 7 September. “With this manoeuvre, the required orbit for the Vikram lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the moon is achieved.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, K Sivan attended an event called 'Launching to New Heights in Space' via video-conferencing. Speaking on participation of private sector in space activities, K Sivan said, "I request everyone to come forward to make India technological powerhouse. I am sure that PM's vision will be realised by young entrepreneurs of India. We are going to have an industry meet in a fortnight on the reforms."
While addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan on June 25 said, "Space sector, where India is among handful of countries with advanced space technology, can play significant role in boosting industrial base of India. Govt's decided to implement reformed measures to leverage ISRO's achievement by opening space sector for private enterprises." "As part of longer socio-economic reform, space reforms will improve access to space-based services for India's development. Far-reaching reforms will put India in league of few countries with efficient promotional and authorisation mechanism for private sector space activities," he added. "Department of Space will promote sector space activities to enable it to provide end to end space services, including building and launching of rockets and satellites as well as providing space-based services on commercial basis," ISRO Chief further said.
A businessman, Neeraj Kumar from Gaya bought a piece of land on the Moon. Neeraj Kumar bought one acre of land on his birthday. Speaking to ANI, Neeraj Kumar said, "I have bought 1 acre of plot on Moon. It was not that expensive but the process was really very hard. I reached out to Lunar Registration Society which is US based for the further process. I have read that Sushant Singh Rajput, Shah Rukh Khan and a Mumbai-based businessman have purchased land on the Moon so I got inspired from them." He is the first person from Bodh Gaya to buy land on the Earth's natural satellite. However, as per Outer Space Treaty, ownership of land on moon remains unclear.
Vaikasi Visakam festival was celebrated in Tamil Nadu's Madurai on June 04. The celebration took place at Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple in Madurai. No devotees were allowed at the temple to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Two priests performed rituals of the festival. Vaikasi Visakam occurs when the full Moon coincides with auspicious Vishaka star during the Tamil month of Vaikasi.