Vikram', the lander, moved to the threshold location from where it descends towards lunar surface between 1 am and 2 am on Sept 7.
"The telemetry parameters will keep telling us that we are going in the right direction, but at the same time, there will be a lot of anxiety about what will happen in the next moment", ISRO chairperson K Sivan had said, describing the most challenging phase of the mission after Chandrayaan 2 had entered in a lunar orbit on August 20.
On the day of the Chandrayaan-1's launch in 2008, the ISRO faced a "very tough situation" as it had a very short launch window and the weather was "very, very bad", Dr. M Annadurai, Project Director of the successful mission, said. 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".
Linengar, who flew on Russian space station Mir that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001 for five months, is in India to take part in the Chandrayaan-2 live telecast on the National Geographic Channel starting 11.30 pm on Friday. The duration of the maneuver was nine seconds. "This 15 minutes travel of lander is new to ISRO".
The Rs. 978 crore orbiter-lander-rover mission, weighing 3, 840 kg, was launched by ISRO's most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk-III, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range, on July 22. On Monday afternoon, the Vikram got separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2.
A successful landing will make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the United States and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface.