ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16

Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday said the Chandrayaan 2 mission will be launched between July 9 and 16. The rover is expected to land on the surface of the moon on September 6 this year, said a press release from ISRO.

The ISRO has designed three modules for its second mission to earth's natural satellite. Each module has been named as Orbiter, Lander or Vikram and Rover or Pragyan.

As part of the launch vehicle GSLV MK-III, the Orbiter and Lander will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module. The Rover will be inside the Lander.

"After launch into earth bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to the lunar South Pole." reads the press release

"Further, the Rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments," ISRO added.

Though Chandrayaan-2 was earlier scheduled to be launched in March 2018, it was subsequently postponed to mid-April 2019 as the project failed to meet several deadlines. 

It also missed the mid-April deadline set for the year due to changes effected by ISRO in its rover design. Moreover, there were also reports that the failure of Israel's recent moon mission - Beresheet, had put ISRO in the backfoot forcing it to advance the launch date to July.

(With inputs from Akram Mohammed)

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