As many as sixty students were selected to witness the landing of Chandrayaan 2 along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Out of those, 16 are from various Kendriya Vidyalayas from across the country. These students were selected on the basis of a quiz that was conducted by ISRO. The entire group is constituted of 2 students from each Union Territory and 16 from Kendriya Vidyalayas.
Vikram, the lander, was scheduled to soft-land on the southern region of the moon on September 7, 2019, anytime between 1:30 am and 2:30 am.
As an initiative to spread awareness about its space programme, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had run an online quiz from August 10 to August 25 for students of standard 8th-10th.
Nishtha Sharma is a class 8 student from Pinjore and has got an email invitation from the Indian Research Space Organisation. She has been invited to the ISRO headquarters at Bengaluru to witness the landing of Vikram live on September 7. She got the email from “firstname.lastname@example.org” on August 28 informing her about the same. Talking about her participation in the quiz Nishtha said, “I took part in this quiz on August 11 and I am excited to visit ISRO and witness the moon landing of Chandrayaan-2.”
The quiz consisted of 10 questions, which were to be answered within 10 minutes, while Nishtha maintains that she completed it in less than 7 minutes. As an aspiring scientist, she said, “This is just the first step to my dream.”
Another student, Ribait Phawa from Meghalaya, is a tribal student who would also be there at the ISRO headquarters on September to witness the landing of Chandrayaan 2. He is an NCC cadet and studies in class 10 at Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Sohra.
he told a news agency, “I am excited to be part of the historic moment, more so because the prime minister will be among those present in the control room at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network facility in Bengaluru.”