India Gears Up For Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission Launch On 15th July

On 15th July, Monday the Chandrayaan 2 Moon mission will launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The Chandrayaan 2 launch will aim to place a rover on the Moon.

The Chandrayaan 2 mission would be India’s second effort to send a probe to study the Earth’s Moon. The Chandrayaan 2 will have a rover that will move around on the lunar surface for around 14 Earth days.

The probe would be launched by the a GSLV Mk-III rocket and will land on the Moon around September 6th this year.

The launch would take place at 2:51am. The launch would be livestreamed on TV channel Doordarshan and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) social networking handles such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The mission makes several records with the launch :-

– First space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s south polar region.
– First expedition with home-grown technology and to explore the lunar terrain.

The mission will help India and the world gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan-2 has several science payloads to expand the lunar scientific knowledge through detailed study of topography, seismography, mineral identification and distribution, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics of top soil and composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, leading to a new understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon.

Remember the Chandrayaan-1 mission discovered water on the lunar surface and  new rock types with unique chemical composition.

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