The countdown for the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, Mark III rocket (GSLV MK III,) named Chandrayaan 2, begins.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch Chandrayaan 2, which was planned by the Indian Government nearly 16 years ago.
Initially it was scheduled to launch on the 15th of July, however, due to some technical glitches, ISRO rescheduled the launch.
The ISRO, on the 22nd of July, will launch the low cost mission Chandrayaan 2, at 2:43 P.M., which is expected to land on the Moon. India is the 4th country to launch a space mission to land on the Moon, after Russia, China and the United States (U.S.)
Chandrayaan 2 was the dream of Late. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former Prime Minister of India, who said, if one day, the Country would be able to achieve this, it would be nothing less than electrifying.
Chandrayaan 2, which will carry lander Vikran,costs 140 million dollars and is expected to travel approximately 3,84,400 kilometres to land near the lunar South Pole.
K. Sivan, the Chief of ISRO, said, lander Vikram’s 15 minutes of final descent will be the most terrifying moments as we have never undertaken such a complex mission.
The mission is expected to help the ISRO team get a better understanding of the origin and evaluation of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies.
This is the second launch of the ISRO with the name Chandrayaan. In October 2008, India launched Chandrayaan 1, with the use of its Light Rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV.)
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