ISRO : Chandrayaan-2 to be launch between July 9-16

ISRO : Chandrayaan-2 to be launch between July 9-16

The mission has been in the making for several years now and was plagued by a series of problems, causing much delay for the launch.

Its earlier window of launch was April, however it was pushed ahead. The Indian space organisation has confirmed that all the modules required for the lunar landing will be in place in the next two months.

After long wait of nearly 11 years, the Indian Space Research Organisation is ready to launch its second lunar mission. It will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The mission will make the nation the fourth country to accomplish the feat after China, the U.S. and Russian Federation. The landing of the craft near the lunar south pole would be historically significant as it would give ISRO the opportunity to name that site on the moon. "We want the mission to be a success", he had said.

The Lander is expected to reach the surface on September 6.

Chandrayaan-2 will be ISRO's first time attempt to land a rover on the Moon.

The launch that wsa supposed to be witnessed in April was postponed for further testing and reconfiguration of the lander.

The space agency said in an explanation that every one of the modules of the mission - Orbiter, Lander and Rover - will be prepared by July. It would be accommodated inside the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MK-III, a three stage launch vehicle equipped to lift heaviest satellites into orbit. "After launch into earth bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach the Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module". The Lander is destined to touch down on September 6, 2019.

While the Saturn V sent the Apollo 11 carrying Neil Armstrong to the moon in just over a week, Chandrayaan-2 will take almost two months to undertake the same journey. Instruments are also mounted on Vikram and Pragyan for carrying out scientific experiments.

The rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. The data would be relayed to earth.

On successful landing, India will become the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon.

In April past year, K Sivan informed the government about the postponement of the launch to October-November 2018.

While the orbiter of the spacecraft will go around the moon, the Vikram lander will land on the lunar surface and remain stationed as a base. India had first launched its Chandrayaan-1 mission, which involved only an orbiter, on October 22, 2008. However, the mission that lasted 312 days had successfully completed 95% of it's planned objectives.



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