Chandrayaan-2 May Launch Next Week, GSLV Rocket Glitch Rectified

Chandrayaan-2 May Launch Next Week, GSLV Rocket Glitch Rectified

Chandrayaan-2 May Launch Next Week, GSLV Rocket Glitch Rectified

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced a fresh date to launch the country's second mission to the Moon - Chandrayaan-2 - on July 22 at 2.43 pm.

On July 15, amidst an air of expectancy at Srikarikota where even the President of India was present, ISRO called off the launch just 56 minutes ahead of the due date. It is because, though to a technical glitch, it failed to take off on July 15, ISRO does not want to change the schedule of it. There is no official word from ISRO though. Afterwards it was postponed until July 15 due to other reasons.

A soft landing on the Moon would be a huge leap forward in India's space programme, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi determined to launch a manned mission into space by 2022.

The rocket GSLV-Mk III was supposed to lift off at 2.51am on Monday with India's second moon mission spacecraft Chandrayaan-2. The orbiter's entire mission is expected to last one year.

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Chandrayaan-2 would be carrying an Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan), would be injected into an earth parking 170.06 x 40,400 km orbit, from where it would commence its 54-day long, 3.844 lakh km voyage for a soft landing on the Moon south pole on September six.

The ISRO had constituted an expert committee to go into the root cause of the snag. The mission will also analyze minerals and map the unexplored south pole's surface with a camera, seismometer, a thermal instrument and a NASA-supplied laser retroreflector to help calculate the distance to the Earth.

Scientists had earlier indicated that a more suitable window would be available on July 29-30 during the new moon, but Isro concluded that the July 22 window was adequate for the spacecraft. "Thereafter, the system performance is normal", ISRO added.

However, India is not alone in its ambitions as it competes with other nations in the worldwide space race. When Russia cited its incapability to provide the lander even by 2015, India made a decision to develop the lunar mission independently. It did not give any details of the problem that had led to the launch getting aborted.

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