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.