The Moon’s South Pole, a Popular Destination
As with Chandrayaan-2, ISRO chose transparency, broadcasting live the last forty minutes of Vikram ‘s arrival. The European Space Agency (ESA) participated by collecting data transmitted in real time with its ESTRACK antenna in New Norcia, Australia. At 12:32 Universal Time, two hours later in mainland France and 6:02 p.m. in New Delhi, India became the fourth country to successfully make a smooth landing on the Moon following the Soviet Union, the United States and China. Most importantly, ISRO has so far made the most southerly moon landing on our natural satellite, since Vikram landed at a latitude of 69º south.