Chandrayaan 2, India’s second Moon mission. The mission will give India headway into discovering more about our luminous neighbor, so they are expanding the country’s footprint into space.
The launch of India’s second mission to the moon was called off after some technical glitch was observed in the launch vehicle early morning on Monday. Before half an hour the scheduled called off, ISRO informed of the launch being put off due to the technical error. The mission director said, “It is not possible to carry out the launch within the window”. The new date will be announced soon.
The technical error was noticed when the cryogenic fuel was being loaded. The vehicle needs to be approached to assess the problem. The fuel loaded in the rocket would first have to be emptied, and then the rocket would have to be studied for further investigation. According to ISRO sources, the whole process would take at least 10 days. The new scheduled would be disclosed after the process.
Here are the 7 things to know about Chandrayaan 2:
- The Chandrayaan 2 is an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lunar mission comprising an orbiter and lander (Vikram) carrying a rover (Pragyan).
- The moon is the closest cosmic body at which space discovery can be attempted and documented. Its south polar region has never been explored by any other country.
- This is the first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar Region.
- The rocket named GSLV MK-III which will carry Chandrayaan 2 to its designated orbit is India’s most powerful launcher to date.
- The name Vikram means valor in Hindi. It was named after the Indian Space Programme, Vikram Sarabhai.
- Chandrayaan 2 will have 14 Indian payloads or devices including scientific one to study topography, seismography, mineral identification and distribution, and surface chemical composition.
- After its launch, it will take 53 to 54 days to travel the 3.84 lakh km from the earth to the moon’s surface.