Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
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Chandrayaan-2 modules getting ready for launch in July: ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 modules getting ready for launch in July: ISRO

When the Chandrayaan-2 was last delayed after it missed the planned January-February window, K. Sivan - ISRO Chairman - said that the launch would take place April-end orJune, at the latest.

Vikram was actually one of the reasons behind the latest delay of the India's second lunar mission.

In another significant milestone for India, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday announced that it is all set to launch Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar mission. "#GSLVMKIII will carry 3 modules of this #lunarmission - Orbiter, Lander (Vikram), Rover (Pragyan)", said the twitter post from ISRO on May 1. The Orbiter and Lander will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle, ISRO said.

The space mission will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The Lander is destined to touch down on September 6, 2019.

"The satellite will first be launched into an earth orbit from where it will slowly increase and move towards the moon".

Once the spacecraft reaches the Moon's orbit, it will attempt to make a soft landing in a region 600 kilometres away from the lunar South pole. The spacecraft might take 35 to 45 days to reach the Moon after the launch. The rover will roll out onto the lunar surface and journey for around 300 to 400 metres and spend around 14 days on the Moon carrying out necessary experiments. Instruments would also be mounted on the Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments, it said. The rover will analyse the content of the lunar surface and send data and images back to the Earth through the orbiter within 15 minutes, he said. The governments of the U.S., China, India, Japan and Russian Federation are competing with startups and billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson to launch satellites, robotic landers, astronauts and tourists into the cosmos. The ISRO is cautious about Chandrayaan-2, its first mission to land on any celestial body, as it is wary of failure after Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashed during its moon landing on April 11. "This is a very complex mission and the earlier dates were estimates, but the procedures took longer than expected", said Isro spokesperson Vivek Singh.

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