ISRO reveal Chandrayaan-2 space lander detaches from orbiter

The Indian Space Research Organisation have revealed that the Vikram lander, which houses the Pragyaan rover, has separated from the orbiter and is now en-route to the moon’s south pole.

The mission was launched on 22 July, entered the moon’s orbit less than a month after launch on 20 August and is due to ‘soft land’ on the moon’s surface on Saturday.

The mission, which will cost 10 billion rupees, will be the first to land on the moon’s south pole, with searches for minerals and water to be conducted once the lander successful touches down.

Indian Space Research Organisation have stated the moon’s south pole may provide "an undisturbed record" of the Solar System's origins.

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