NEW DELHI: July 16 is special for Indian space science as it will launch India's Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota just a day before it. Another feature of July 16 is that it will also mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo-11. On the same mission, Neil Amstrong and Baj Aldrin stepped on the moon. After half a century of this mission, India is sending its mission to the moon and is it the beginning of the last cycle again?
Even when India launched its first mission Chandrayaan in 2008, it was heavily criticised. However, it was a success even after reaching the moon late compared to other countries. When Chandrayaan-1 came to know about the water, snow and moon surface on the moon, critics got an answer to many of his questions. For Chandrayaan-1, Rs.386 crore was spent, which was only a small part of the total budget of the US and USSR.
Similar questions are being raised about Chandrayaan-2. Chandrayaan-2 also has an orbiter, a lander and a rover. It will be India's first mission on the moon that will reach its surface and scientists hope that this time too, some surprising information will come from Chandrayaan-2.