United States' space agency NASA took to microblogging site Twitter and said that its Artemis moon mission programme aims to explore the possibility of humans living and operating on other celestial bodies. This comes as NASA had donned the task of answering some of the frequently asked questions related to its manned moon mission- Artemis.
Two gigantic asteroids, slated in the medium-sized category, will fly right past the Earth over the weekend, said National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). However, NASA assured that the orbit calculations eliminate any threats of them hitting the Earth.
The trajectory of the comet, first detected by Crimean astronomer Gennady Borisov, follows a highly curved path barreling in the sun's direction at unusually high speeds, evidence that it originated beyond the solar system.
With Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter locating the Vikram Lander on the Moon's surface, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is making all efforts to establish communication with the same. ISRO chief K Sivan had on Sunday announced that the Orbiter had taken a thermal image of Vikram.
Chandrayaan-2 was just 2.1 km away from the moon surface, the communication from the Lander to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) control room was lost.Â The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was launched into space by GSLV Mk III on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.Â
On September 7, Chandrayaan-2 will land at the south polar region if the moon, a place where no one else has ever gone before. Once the spacecraft makes a soft landing on the moon, India will become the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to achieve the feat.
The Vikram module of Chandrayaan-2 will make a soft landing in the South Polar region of the moon early on Saturday. K Sivan said that he is confident about the safe and successful landing of the spacecraft on the moon.
The significance of the space mission has been a point of discussion across the world as Chandrayaan-2 is India's first attempt at soft-landing on the surface of the moon. Also, the mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to conduct a soft landing on the moon.
The required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the Moon has been achieved. The landing of Vikram lander will be followed by the 'Pragyan' Rover roll out, from inside it, between 5.30 am to 6.30 am.Â
Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday between 1:30 am to 2:30 am. With the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, India is all set to touch down on moon's south polar region, where no country has ever gone before.