Ode to Sarabhai: Chandrayaan lander to be named ‘Vikram’

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NEW DELHI: The lander on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, to be launched early next year, will be named ‘Vikram’ after Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian space programme. Isro has got clearance from the Space Commission, its chairman K Sivan said on Sunday.

Further, taking inspiration from Nasa, Isro will soon open its spaceport in Sriharikota to the public, who will be able to see live launches from inside the facility. “We are also planning space galleries and museums and even have an exclusive magazine that we wish to produce,” Sivan said.

This mission involves a lander for a soft landing on the lunar surface, and unloading a rover to take measurements from the Moon, while the orbiter will go around the Earth’s satellite.

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