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India's second moon mission 'Chandrayaan 2' scheduled for mid-April: Isro

The window to land on the lunar surface is open between March 25 till the end of April, Sivan said

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The moon is seen near the Illimani mountain during a full lunar eclipse in La Paz, Bolivia, July 27, 2018. Photo: Reuters
The moon is seen near the Illimani mountain during a full lunar eclipse in La Paz, Bolivia, July 27, 2018. Photo: Reuters

India's second lunar mission with a and will be attempted in mid-April, a top said on Friday.

"We are targeting mid-April to launch as there were certain tests which could not be done in time for the earlier scheduled January 3 launch," Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) told reporters here.

The details of the tests, which were yet to be performed for the mission, were not disclosed by the space agency.

The window to land on the lunar surface is open between March 25 till the end of April, Sivan said.

The Rs 800-crore mission comes a decade after the maiden mission was launched on October 22, 2008 from the country's only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.

The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the to study its conditions and collect data of its topography, mineralogy and exosphere.

After reaching the 100km lunar orbit, with will separate from the and gradually descend to soft land on the at a designated spot. The rover's instruments will observe and study the lunar surface.

The has been named "Vikram" as a tribute to the pioneer of India's space programme and former ISRO (1963-71)

While reached the lunar orbit on November 8, 2008 and its impact probe crashed onto the on November 14, 2008, the 675kg was lost on August 29, 2009 after orbiting at 100km away from its surface and mapping its chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic properties for over nine months.

Meanwhile, Israel, which is planning to launch its lunar mission in February, will most likely be the fourth nation to land a on the moon, after in December 2013, the US in 1969 and then in 1959.

 

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:12 IST
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