Chandrayaan 2 launch called off due to technical glitches; new date to be announced soon

The countdown to launch India’s second ambitious Moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, has been called off due to technical glitches.

The Chandrayaan 2 was scheduled to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 15 at 2.51 am, but the countdown was stopped 56:24 minutes before the launch due to technical snag.

It is for the first time that Chandrayaan 2 will explore the dark side of the Moon after landing on its south polar region. India is said to become the first country to aspire to explore this side of the Moon, if the mission achieves its desired goal then it will help India and the World broaden the horizons of human knowledge.

The Chandrayaan-2 will be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III) rocket.

Chandrayaan-1 was the first Indian lunar probe. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008 and operated until August 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor.

Aim

Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission.

The Moon’s South Pole is a fascinating area to explore because no other country has sent a mission here before, and it is this region on the moon that remains in shadow. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. In addition to that, the South Pole region has craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early solar system.

India’s vision in sending the Chandrayaan-2 mission to space is in a desire to create a larger area of the nation’s footprints in space and to inspire a future generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.

Chandrayaan-1 vs Chandrayaan-2

One of the few key differences between Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2 is that unlike Chandrayaan-1, 2 will attempt to soft-land its Vikram module on the lunar surface and deploy a six-wheeled Rover, Pragyaan on the Moon to carry out several scientific experiments. The lift-off mass of Chandrayaan-1 was 1,380 kg while Chandrayaan-2 weighs 3,850 kg.

Furthermore, Chandrayaan-2 attempts to foster a new age of discovery, increase our understanding of space, stimulate the advancement of technology, promote global alliances, and inspire a future generation of explorers and scientists.

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