India’s second mission to moon, Chandrayaan-2, would be launched on July 15, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan announced on Wednesday.
The Indian space agency is all set to embark on its most complex mission.
Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago.
With the imprint of the Ashoka Chakra on the rover’s wheels and the tricolour painted on them, the integrated module would reach the earth orbit using the orbiter propulsion module and subsequently Lander would separate from Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site, close to lunar South Pole, the ISRO said The mission costs ₹603 crore for the spacecraft system and ₹375 crore for the launcher, a GSLV-MKIII.
Rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface, it said, noting that instruments were also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.
The 1.4-tonne spacecraft was launched using PSLV and the orbiter had orbited 100 km from the lunar surface.