Chandrayaan-2: The Indian Space Research Organization Up To Send Its Second Rover To The Moon

The global race to space is more and more ravenous. In the battle for conquering space, space agencies all over the world are planning missions to send rovers on the moon. Among these agencies, there is also the Indian Space Research Organization. ISRO is part of the Government of India, and its headquarter is in the city of Bengaluru.

Indian Space Research Organization’s ambition is to use space technology to develop nationally and, at the same time, to accomplish cosmic and planetary exploration. Ever since 1969, the ISRO acknowledged the importance of space exploration. That is why India sent satellites, lunar, and Martian orbiters and rovers in space in a span of almost 50 years.

Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar exploration mission of ISRO, but it will be unmanned. Chandrayaan-2 is supposed to be launched to Earth’s satellite by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, which is comprised of a moon orbiter, a lander, and a rover.

The Indian Space Research Organization Up To Send Its Second Rover To The Moon, The Chandrayaan-2

The mission’s goal is to soft-land the rover and the lander in a high plateau between two impact craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N. The two impact craters are found at 70 degrees latitude south, meaning that the mission is supposed to examine the unexplored South Pole.

The mission’s primary goal is to study Moon’s topography, mineralogy, elemental supply, the lunar’s thin atmosphere and pieces of evidence of hydroxyl and water ice.

India has proved itself to be a space power, side by side with the US, Russia, and China. India’s agenda to have crewed space missions by 2022 would make her the 4th one to plan so. ISRO’s other mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, was the first one to explore the natural satellite. In 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was the first and only mission to Moon that attested the presence of water on the Moon.

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