Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set for Chandrayaan 2 mission. The Chandrayaan 2 mission is scheduled for July 15 at 2:51 AM. 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.
The rocket carrying lunar spacecraft will liftoff at 02:51 AM IST on 15 July from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
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.
“Preparations are going at a hectic pace at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota for the July 15 early morning launch at 2.51 a.m. Everything is progressing normally,” said an official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The Chandrayaan-2 mission comprises an orbiter, lander, and rover. While the orbiter is expected to have a mission life of a year, the lander and rover are needed for a 14-15 days period. If all goes well, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first lunar orbiter to land near the lunar south pole, between two craters – Manzimus C and Simpelius N.
Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, the US space agency officials said.