Chandrayaan-2 is the second Indian mission that aims for the moon. The mission will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organization at one point between July 9 and July 16.
“All the modules are getting ready for Chandrayaan-2 launch, during the window of July 09, to July 16, 2019, with an expected Moon landing on September 06, 2019 9 (sic),” the Indian Space Research Organisation declared.
There are three different modules for Chandrayaan 2. The rover (Pragyan), the lander (Vikram) and the orbiter. When the mission reaches the orbit of the moon the lander will separate from the orbiter and it will land somewhere near the south pole, which is a region that hasn’t been explored yet.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission, India’s second lunar missions, will reach the Moon in September
“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. The rover is housed inside the lander,” explained Isro.
There were a couple of delays as Isro encountered some issues. For instance, there was a change in design which set back their plans a little. In addition to that, Vikram was damaged during a test and the launch had to be postponed. The lander fractured one of its legs. The launch of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was supposed to take place in April. Despite the delay, it appears that Isro has everything under control now.
“Once Vikram lands on the lunar surface on September 6, rover Prayan will come out of it and roll out on the lunar surface for 300-400 meters. It will spend 14 earth days on the moon for carrying out different scientific experiments. Altogether, there will be 13 payloads in the spacecraft. Three payloads in rover Pragyan and the other 10 payloads in lander Vikram and orbiter,” explained Isro chairman K Sivan.
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