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Photo Gallery: First pictures of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO's Bengaluru testing facility

Zee Media Bureau | Jun 12, 2019, 14:11 PM IST
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ISRO gears up to launch Chandrayaan-2

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch India's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 as per schedule in July. The ISRO on Wednesday shared the first pictures of Chandrayaan-2 the lander and orbiter at its Satellite Integration and Testing establishment in Bengaluru. The lunar mission is scheduled to launch during the window of 9 July to 16 July 16 with an expected Moon landing on 6 September 2019. 

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Lunar mission scheduled to launch during the window of 9 July to 16 July

Chandrayaan 2 has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan). The Orbiter and Lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle while the Rover is housed inside the Lander. 

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Chandrayaan-2 will be an exciting mission, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair had said

After launching 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 lunar South Pole. 

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Rover will roll out to carry out scientific experiments on the lunar surface

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

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Scientific experiments include finding water and special minerals on lunar surface

The scientific experiments include finding water and special minerals on the lunar surface. The spacecraft will carry 11 payloads – six from India, three from Europe, two from USA. GSLV MKIII, which will be carrying house the moon lander, weighs 3.8 tonnes.

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