A computer simulation of Vikram lander on the moon

The Chandrayaan-2 rover's soft landing is planned for September 7. First earth bound orbit raising manoeuvre for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft has been performed successfully on July 24, 2019 at 1452 hrs (IST) as planned, using the on-board propulsion system for a firing duration of 48 seconds. The new orbit will be 230 X 45,163 km

New Delhi: With the Chandrayaan-2 rover expected to soft land on the lunar surface in September, a live show from ISRO has been planned on the D-Day by the National Geographic, the network said today.

India on Monday successfully launched the mission on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MK-III-M1 from a spaceport in Sriharikota to explore the uncharted south pole of the moon. The rover's soft landing is planned for September 7.

"The live show, scheduled in September, will slowly drum up the excitement by giving the viewers deeper insights into the historic moment," the National Geographic said in a statement.

"The show will be an interesting interplay of live coverage and pre-shot stories narrating the iconic nature of the mission and interview of experts from the field to talk about the mission," it said.

The program will originate from the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Command Centre, from where the National Geographic will share live updates as Chandrayaan-2 attempts to soft land on the surface of the moon.

The towering geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle, in its first operational flight, lifted-off on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota into cloudy skies at 2.43 pm and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit 16 minutes and 14 seconds later.