Bengaluru: India is ready to launch Chandrayaan-2, the nation’s first lunar landing mission. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch a spacecraft using homegrown technology at 2:51 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard GSLV Mk-III, on Monday (July 15), and it is scheduled to touch down on the moon September 6 or 7. The $141 million ( ₹603 crore) Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyze minerals, map the moon’s surface and search for water.
The orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the Moon will be circularised to 100km orbit through a series of complex orbital manoeuvres with the help of thrusters. The spacecraft will have a lunar orbiter, lander and a rover. The lander will carry a camera, a seismometer, a thermal instrument and a NASA-supplied laser retroreflector that will help calculate the distance between the Earth and the moon.
Bureau news, Kokan now, Bengaluru.