Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released the new date of its much-awaited Chandrayaan 2 mission. ISRO will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission on July 22 at 2:43 PM IST. ISRO has shared the news on Twitter
— ISRO (@isro) July 18, 2019
Earlier Chandrayaan 2 mission was planned for Jul 15 but a last-minute technical glitch has halted the mission just one hour before the launch time. ISRO later confirmed that the reason for calling off the launch was a leak in the cryogenic engine. The helium gas bottle in the cryogenic engine reportedly failed to build sufficient pressure due to a leak in a ‘nipple joint’.
ISRO is using India’s biggest and most powerful rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Mark III, or the GSLV Mk-III or “Bahubali”. The 640-tonne rocket is as high as a 15 storey building and it will loft the 3.8-tonne satellite on its journey to the moon.
It is expected to take a total of 58 days post-launch in various stages of orbit for the modules to reach the moon and an additional four days to land near the south polar region. The lunar landing is expected to take place on 6 or 7 September on the unexplored south polar region of the moon.