ISRO Moon Mission, Chandrayaan 2 is all set for the highly awaited second mission launch on July 22 afternoon at 2.43pm IST from a launchpad in Sriharikota. The first launch date was gotten ready for 15 July however a technical snag was seen in the launch vehicle only 56 minutes before liftoff. There was a drop in pressure in the fuel tank and as a measure of abundant precaution, the Chandrayaan 2 launch was canceled. Chandrayaan 2 will be taking off on board the most powerful GSLV-Mk-III rocket dubbed ‘Baahubali’.
The issue has now been rectified and last everyone got notification from ISRO the liquid core stage of the GSLV has been completely filled for the planned launch this afternoon. It will liftoff on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III M1 (GSLV MkIII M1) rocket today from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Chandrayaan 2 is a subsequent moon mission to Chandrayaan 1, which affirmed the presence of water/hydroxyl on the Moon in 2009. The moon mission consists of an orbiter, a lander called Vikram and a rover called Pragyan. While the orbiter is entrusted with mapping the lunar surface from an altitude of 100 kilometers, the Vikram lander will make a delicate landing on the surface and release the Pragyan rover on 7 September 2019, as per ISRO. The mission will go to a formerly unexplored region only 650 kilometers from the lunar South Pole. This will be the first time any mission has contacted down so far away from the equator.
One of the essential objectives is to show the capacity to delicate land on the lunar surface. Among the moon mission’s other scientific objectives are trials to map Moon’s surface, its mineral and element content, moonquakes and signatures of water-ice on the lunar surface.