India All Set to Take Off Chandrayaan-2- The Second Lunar Mission

India to shoot Chandrayaan 2 which shall be its second Lunar mission. The Indian Space Research Organisation shall launch the mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2.51 a.m. on July 15.

This is the most ambitious mission to the moon for India. It will send an orbiter, lander, and rover to the lunar south pole. The mission shall be cast live on or directly from the Indian space agency’s website.

  • Orbiter will observe the lunar surface and communicate with lander Vikram. It shall also be able to communicate with Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu, Karnataka.
  • Lander named “Vikram” shall execute India’s first soft landing on the lunar surface.
  • Rover “Pragyan” is a 6 wheeled, artificial intelligence-powered vehicle which translates to “wisdom” in Sanskrit. It can travel up to 500 metres and functions on solar energy. It can only communicate with Lander.

The yaan carries 8 scientific payloads for mapping lunar surface and to study moon’s atmosphere, topography, seismography, mineral identification, and distribution and many such detailed studies. If successful, India shall be the fourth country to make a “soft” landing on the Moon’s surface.

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Chandrayaan 1 was launched into lunar orbit in 2008 when the presence of water molecules was discovered on the moon.

The former chairman of ISRO, K Kasturirangan says, “ISRO is now embarking on one of the most complex missions since its inception- that of launching Chandrayaan 2”.

India is using its most powerful space rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) for this mission. It is as high as a 14-storey building and weighs around 640 tonnes.

The landing is expected to take place somewhere in September beginning. For live updates keep watching the live webcast from 2.30 a.m. onwards.

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