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ISRO announces date, time for Chandrayaan-2 mission launch: All you need to know

The landing on the moon near the South Pole, an uncharted territory so far, would be on September 6 or 7, Sivan told reporters here, as the Indian space agency is all set to embark on its most complex mission.

  • DNA Web Team
  • Jun 12, 2019, 05:43 PM IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Wednesday said that India's second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, would be launched on July 15, at 2:51 am. ISRO Chairman K Sivan announced this in a press conference that was held today.  

The landing on the moon near the South Pole, an uncharted territory so far, would be on September 6 or 7, Sivan told reporters here, as the Indian space agency is all set to embark on its most complex mission.

The launch would take place at 2.51 am on board the GSLV MK-III vehicle from the spaceport of Sriharikota. The ISRO had earlier kept the launch window for the mission from July 9 to July 16. 

1. Chandrayaan-2 to have 3 components — Orbiter, Lander and Rover

Chandrayaan-2 to have 3 components — Orbiter, Lander and Rover
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Chandrayaan spacecraft, with a mass of 3.8 tonne, will have three modules comprising of the Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).

 

ISRO chairman Sivan said Orbiter would have eight payloads, Lander three and Rover two.

 

The mission cost of Chandrayaan-2 with regard to the satellite was Rs 603 crore, he noted. The cost of GSLV MK III is Rs 375 crore.

 

According to the ISRO, Orbiter, with scientific payloads, would orbit around the moon. Lander would soft land on the moon at a predetermined site and deploy Rover. (Photo: Reuters)

2. Chandrayaan-2 to land near Moon's South Pole

Chandrayaan-2 to land near Moon
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The scientific payloads on board Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface.

 

The Orbiter and Lander modules would be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle. Rover is housed inside Lander.

 

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, Lander would separate from Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site, close to lunar South Pole, the ISRO said. (Photo: PTI)

3. Chandrayaan-2 will carry 13 payloads

Chandrayaan-2 will carry 13 payloads
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ISRO said Rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface, it said, noting that instruments were also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.

 

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. (Photo: PTI)

4. Chandrayaan-2 to land on Moon on either Sep 6 or 7

Chandrayaan-2 to land on Moon on either Sep 6 or 7
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Addressing the press conference, ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan said, "ISRO has firmed up that Chandrayaan 2 Mission will be launched on July 15 early morning at 2 hours 51 minutes." 

"The cost of Chandrayaan 2 Mission mainly the satellite portion, including the support from foreign agencies as well as for navigation purpose, is Rs. 603 crore. The day we are going to land is either September 6 or September 7, that day happens to be the beginning of a lunar day. For one full lunar day, the lander & rover will be functioning & carry out scientific experiments," he added. (Photo: Reuters)