India’s second mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan-2, will lift off at 2:51 am on the 15th July from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Indian Space agency ISRO was giving final touches to the 3.8 ton satellite that has costs the country over Rs. 600 crore. After the launch Chandrayaan-2 will take several weeks before it heads for a challenging soft-landing on the south pole of the moon, a territory that has never been visited by any spacecraft.
The Chandrayaan 2 will lift of in the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III). It weighs over 3.8 tons, which is equal to eight full grown elephants. A lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyaan will conduct experiments on the lunar surface for 14 days, and it is solar powered.
The chief of the space agency, Dr. Sivan called the Chandrayaan -2 as ISRO’s most complex mission till date.
The rover carries 13 Indian scientific instruments that will help analyse the minerals on the moon, map the moon surface and search for water.
Moreover, the Indian space agency is giving a free ride to NASA’s instrument LASER to the moon. Though Chandrayaan-2 is an indigenous mission, India will use the Deep Space Network of NASA on payment basis for navigation and guidance.
“There will 15 terrifying minutes when the lander separates and before it soft lands on the moon, currently slated for September 6, 2019,” the ISRO chief added.