Current Affairs 02 September 2019

Chandrayaan 2 lander separates from orbiter in another success for ISRO

Chandrayaan-2: Vikram Lander successfully performed its first de-orbit manoeuvre at 8:50 am IST on September 3, 2019. The lander had earlier successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1.15 pm IST on September 2, 2019.

The first de-orbit manoeuvre was performed using the onboard propulsion system in mere 4 seconds. The first de-orbit mission has brought the Vikram Lander at an orbit of 104 km x 128 km around the Moon. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter will continue to orbit the Moon in its existing orbit. 

The Vikram Lander will now perform its second and final de-orbit manoeuvre on September 4, 2019, which will bring it further closer to the Moon and begin its preparations for the historic moon landing. Chandrayaan-2 is just a week away from its much-awaited landing on the darker side of the moon. The Lander will begin its powered descent on the lunar surface on September 7 and it is expected to make its touch down on the south pole of the Moon between 1:30 – 02:30 am IST.

Prime MinisterModi to be conferred an award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

rime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with yet another award, this time it’s by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for the PM’s ambitious pet project, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

MoS PMO, Jitendra Singh on Monday made the announcement and said, “Another award, another moment of pride for every Indian as PM Modi’s diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world. PM Modi to receive award from Bill Melinda Gates Foundation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan during his visit to US (sic)”.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or the Clean India Mission, was one of the first few ambitious projects that PM Modi launched in his first term at the Centre in 2014. The project was launched as an ode to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on October 2, 2014.