Chandrayaan-2 Lander to be named ‘Vikram’ after Sarabhai

BENGALURU: The lander on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which is scheduled to be launched early next year, will be named ‘Vikram’ after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space programme. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has got clearance from the space commission, its chairman Sivan K said on Sunday.

This mission, unlike Chandrayaan-1 which only orbited the Moon, involves a Lander soft-landing on the lunar surface and unloading a Rover to study and take measurements from the Moon, while the orbiter will go around the Earth’s satellite.

“We’ve got the permission and this will be part of a series of things planned as part of the centenary celebrations of Vikram Sarabhai next year,” Sivan said, after unveiling Sarabhai’s bust at the Isro headquarters here.

Among other things planned are a series of lectures at the national and international level, an international innovation award named after Sarabhai and a tentative budget of Rs 50 crore has been…

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