Chandrayan 2 – India’s Second Mission to Moon

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Chandrayan 2

India is a country, which has been contributing its genius brains worldwide. No extraordinary project gets completer success without including Indian minds and talents. This is the reason why Indian talents are praised globally.

Having such great minds how could be India left behind? India, with its genius scientist team, has carried out several space missions among which Chandrayaan is the latest lunar mission. However, the launching of the mission was interrupted as a consequence of some technical shortfalls. But it’s not the end. India is all set this time to launch Chandrayaan 2.

Chandrayaan 2 Details

Chandrayaan 2 is a mission to the moon, being carried out by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It includes an orbiter and an instrument to land on the moon surface softly with a robotic rover. To accomplish an easy landing of this robotic rover on the lunar surface (the surface on the moon) is the motto of the Chandrayaan 2 mission. The orbiter, used for communication with the Indian Deep Space Network and the Lander, is box-shaped hardware having a mass of 2379 kilograms. It also has solar arrays with 1000 watts power generation capability. In this mission, the Lander used is called as Vikram. The Lander Vikram and the robotic rover in a body, build a mass of 1471 kilograms. The technical gadgets that the Lander Vikram will carry include the Langmuir probe, thermal profile, a laser retro-reflector (supplied by the NASA), seismometer and a camera.

The robotic rover used in this mission is named as Pragyan or Pragyaan. It is a six-wheeled vehicle bearing a mass of 27 kilograms. It makes use of solar power of 50 watts and can move with a speed of 1cm/second. It can run up to 500 meters.

Chandrayaan 2 Launch Time

The Chandrayaan 2 launch time was scheduled at 21:21 UT (02:51 in Indian Standard Time) on 14 July 2019. The place of launching Chandrayaan 2 was Satish Dhawan Space Center on the island of Sriharikota through a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III of ISRO. The mission, however, was paused as a consequence of some technical gaps. As said by the ISRO agency it was rescheduled on 22 July 2019, at 14:43 UT (09:13 GMT).

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