India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 launch dates declared by ISRO
India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 launch dates declared by ISRO

New Delhi: The statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said Chandrayaan 2, India's second lunar mission, will be sent to the space between July 9 to 16. Here it is to be noted that the target for moon landing is fixed as September 6. All the three modules of Chandrayaan 2 - Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyam) - will be launched using the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III. (GSLV MK III). "All the modules are getting ready for Chandrayaan-2 launch, with an expected Moon landing on September 06, 2019," ISRO said in a statement. ISRO had initially planned to launch the mission in April this year. Chandrayaan 2 Will Carry NASA's Laser Instruments to Moon: US Space Agency

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A statement issued by the Department of Space read "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,". Added to it "The Rover is housed inside the Lander. After launch into earthbound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to lunar South Pole."

The statement further read "Further, the Rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments,".  Chandrayaan-2 comes 10 years after ISRO launched its first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, in 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor but didn't include a rover like Chandrayaan-2.

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