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India plans Chandrayaan-2 mission in July

India plans Chandrayaan-2 mission in July”

Earlier, Chandrayaan 2 was to be launched between March 25 and April end.

Elaborating on the mission, the agency stated that it would have three modules namely Orbiter, Lander named Vikram and Rover named Pragyan, all developed by India.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) which had initially planned to launch the mission previous year in April, confirmed that the all the modules for the mission would be ready in the next two months.

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.

Should the satellite successfully take off within that window, it will land on the Moon around September 6 - roughly two months after its launch from Earth.

"The orbiter and lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle", ISRO said.

The space mission will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Come May, the latest update is that Chandrayaan-2 will finally take to the Moon in July provided there aren't anymore "technical glitches" or "missed windows". This spacecraft has its own Orbiter propulsion module which will power the vehicle's escape out of Earth's orbit and into the Moon's.

Once the spacecraft reaches the Moon's orbit, it will attempt to make a soft landing in a region 600 kilometres away from the lunar South pole. "Once it gets into the lunar orbit and stabilises, the orbit will be reduced slowly to take the payload to a suitable window for decent to the surface", said an Isro official on condition of anonymity.

The wheeled rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. The data will be sent to Earth within 15 minutes of each test. India had also nearly lost the race to Israel to become the fourth country in the world after Russia, US and China to land the spacecraft on the moon.

The mission to the moon - India's second - will have an orbiter, a rover and a lander. However, the mission that lasted 312 days had successfully completed 95% of it's planned objectives.



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