Preparations underway for launch of Chandrayaan-2: ISRO chief


India has mastered the complex technologies and achieved self-reliance in access to the outer space, he said, noting that barring few heavy communication satellites, all other Indian satellites were lofted by the Indian launchers. The lander will then attempt a soft landing. The six-wheeled rover will carry out two experiments on the moon for one lunar day, which equals 14 Earth days. A Full Dress Rehearsal (FDR), a process in which the participants will stimulate the exact process of the space launch, is scheduled for July 12 on Friday. Moreover, the ambient pressure of lunar surface is a hard vacuum. The Lander, Vikram, will land near South Pole of the moon on September 6.

During the descent, while stabilising its spin, the MIP conducted a series of experiments in the lunar atmosphere. The mission will also look for signs of water and fossil remains of the early solar system.

"This incredible discovery was confirmed by the JPL-Brown University payload Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M)".

If all goes according to schedule, Pragyaan and Vikram, marked with the Tricolour, the Ashoka Chakra and Isro's logo, will touch down on the lunar surface on September 6 or 7.

Something caused a giant hole on the Moon billions of years ago, and astronomers believe there's something big underneath the surface.

Fifty years after U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the lunar surface in a giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission, spacefaring nations have once again been turning their focus and resources toward the moon. Chandrayaan-2 is an Indian lunar mission that will be going the Moon's south polar region.

India's first Mars satellite cost less than the budget of space movie, "Gravity."

When will Chandrayaan-2 reach the moon?

The realm of the unknown actually begins when Chandrayaan 2 lowers its lander, Vikram, into the moon's surface.

The mission's goal is to soft-land the rover and the lander in a high plateau between two impact craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N. The two impact craters are found at 70 degrees latitude south, meaning that the mission is supposed to examine the unexplored South Pole.

Chandrayaan-2's lander, as well as the rover, will have the Indian national flag painted on them and the Ashoka Chakra will be imprinted on the rover's wheels. It can travel up to 500 m and relies on solar energy for its functioning. Primarily, it will survey the surface and sub-surface for the presence of water and hydroxyl ions.

Since the Moon is the closest cosmic body, the space discovery can be tried at as well as documented, it is also a promising touchstone to exhibit technologies imperative for deep-space missions.

Chandrayaan-2 consists of three main components.

The space agency will have a launch window of about 10 minutes to carry out the launch meaning the GSLV MK-III will have to lift of between 2.51 am and 3.01 am. As of now, the registrations for watching the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in person have been closed.

Do keep in tune with us as we will be covering the launch of the GSLV Mk III aka Bahubali rocket in detail on July 14 2019.

Why is this mission called Chandrayaan-2?

"It will be the most ambitious space mission the nation has attempted".