Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

ISRO all set to launch Chandrayaan-2, India`s second lunar mission

ISRO all set to launch Chandrayaan-2, India`s second lunar mission

All modules of India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, scheduled for launch in July, are being readied and the lander is expected to touch down on the lunar surface in early September, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said Wednesday.

The Indian mission to the Moon would see a landing by the space shuttle in the southern pole since it is the part of the lunar surface that has not been explored by any other country as yet.

After long wait of nearly 11 years, the Indian Space Research Organisation is ready to launch its second lunar mission.

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. With bigger dreams in mind and a couple of delays later, the Chandrayaan 2 finally has a launch date for later this year.

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The same craft had previously been to the International Space Station, used by SpaceX for its successful "Demo-1" mission . Flight controllers completed the fix work Thursday, operating the station's big robot arm by remote control.

"We are ready for one of the most exciting missions, #Chandrayaan2". It is also to demonstrate the ability to soft-land on the lunar surface and operate a robotic rover on the surface.

The Orbiter and Lander will be stacked inside the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK-III launch vehicle. It might take 35 to 45 days to reach the Moon after the launch. Instruments are also mounted on Vikram and Pragyan for carrying out scientific experiments. "After launch into earth bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach the Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module". The data will be relayed to Earth through the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which will piggyback on the same launch.

If India's mission is successful, it would put India as the fourth country in the world after US, Russia and China to successfully land a craft on the Moon. 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.

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