ISRO has announced that the Chandrayaan-2 will be launched at 2.51am on July 15. The mission Chadrayaan-2 will start from Indian spaceport Sriharikota.
Isro Chairman K Sivan Said, the cost of the mission would be Rs. 603 Crore and additional Rs. 375 Crore will be the launch cost. The total weight of the spacecraft will be 3.8 tonnes and it has three modules – Orbiter, Lander, and Rover. The scientific payloads on board Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface. The GSLV MK-III vehicle landing on the moon would take place on September 6 or 7.
However, the Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago. Chandrayaan-1 had 11 payloads – five from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria and the mission had the credit for the discovery of water on the lunar surface. The 1.4-tonne spacecraft was launched using PSLV, and the orbiter had orbited 100 km from the lunar surface.
After the launch into an earth-bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module would reach the Moon orbit using the orbiter propulsion module and subsequently as well as Lander would separate from Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site, close to the lunar South Pole, said ISRO chief. Rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface, it said, nothing that instruments were also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments. Moreover, Rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. ISRO Chairman also said we have full confidence the Chandrayaan-2 will be a success.
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