India’s Lunar Mission, Chandrayaan-2 Ready For Blast-Off On 22nd July

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday announced that the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 on July 22. This would be India’s  second Moon mission.

Chandrayaan-2 was originally scheduled to launch at 2:51 am on July 15th, however due to a technical snag the mission was called off 56 minutes before blast off.

ISRO tweeted to confirm the new launch day, 22nd July 2019 2:43 pm (IST).

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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