'Chandrayaan-II mission to be completed by 2012-13'

'Chandrayaan-II mission to be completed by 2012-13'

“The Rs 425 crore project will be completed by 2012-13. As opposed to Chandrayaan-1 which was a moon orbiter, in Chandrayaan-2, the two moon rovers will actually land on the moon surface,” he said inaugurating the sixth National Student Conference at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.

“Chadrayaan-II will consist of the spacecraft and a landing platform with two moon rovers, one from India and one from Russia, which will land on the moon and move on wheels on the lunar surface, pick up samples of soil or rocks, do a chemical analysis and send the data to the spacecraft orbiting above,” Annadurai said.

Annadurai, the Project Director of Chandrayaan-I and II, said the Chardrayaan-I which was the 70th satellite to go on the moon “created history with discovery of water there (moon)”.

6 terabits of data

“The Rs 386 crore project (Chandrayaan-I) which took four and a half years to be completed has provided 6 terabits of data which will take the scientists three years to mull over,” he said.

Annadurai gave the credit of Chandrayaan-I success to the “teamwork of the 3,000 scientists who worked tirelessly on the project”.

Closer to students

“Chandrayaan mission, which has provided me the podium to come closer to the student community, is a living example of this three-pronged approach (IIT), which shows that India can do wonders with its research”, Annadurai said.

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