The Chandrayaan-2 mission cost Rs 978 crore.
Early on Wednesday, "Vikram", the lander, was moved to the threshold location from where it descends towards the lunar surface between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, and attempt to land close to the Moon's South Pole between 1: 40 am and 1:55 am. India's second lunar expedition is all set to shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon-its South Polar region. The rover Pragyan is housed inside Vikram lander, according to the Department of Space. Director of Chandrayaan-1, Mylswamy Annadurai spoke to mediapersons on the accomplishment and said, "Chandrayaan -1 has discovered water on the moon and considering that there is a big campaign going on internationally as we are back to the moon that is almost after 50 years".
This morning, the second and final orbiting lowering manoeuvre of Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was successfully carried out by the Indian Space Research Organisation. The Lander has now also performed two de-orbiting maneuvers using onboard propulsion system and is now just a step away before soft landing on the Moon's surface.
The health of the Orbiter and Lander is being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru. He will be joined by about 60-70 high school students from across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bengaluru to witness live the historic moment for India.
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1 had successfully launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into an earth orbit on July 22.