Carmel Girl set for lunar date-qualified in online ISRO quiz

Port Blair, Sept 03: Apoorva Singh, 15, a student of class X in Carmel Senior Secondary School- Port Blair  is over the moon. She has been selected to watch the live landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar surface with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7.

ISRO had conducted a ‘Space Quiz’ for students from the eighth to the tenth standard. The child with the most number of correct answers in 10 minutes emerged the winner. The Chandrayaan -2 is scheduled to land on September 7, 2019.

Apoorva Singh, a resident of Bathubasti, Port Blair is one among 60 in the country to have won the online space quiz conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to increase awareness about India’s space programmes. A message from ISRO asked Apoorva Singh to reach Bangalore on Friday to witness India’s historical achievement along with the Prime Minister in the early hours of Saturday.

India’s ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the moon’s south polar region. The mission will make India the fourth country to soft-land a spacecraft on the moon after the Soviet Union and the US in 1966 and by China in 2013.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which has three components — an orbiter, a lander and a rover, all equipped with cameras and scientific instruments to study the moon — successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 22. Lander Vikram successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter at 1.15pm on Monday.

Apart from Apoorva Singh, one more student from Carmel school will witness the lunar landing live from ISRO headquarters on Saturday.

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