Chandrayaan-2 launch postponed to October: ISRO chief

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the Chandrayaan-2

Mains level: Very important mission of the ISRO


News

Launch postponed to October

  1. The launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’, slated for next month, has been postponed to October
  2. Why: the experts have suggested some tests

Background

  1. Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, in-charge of the Department of Space, had in February 16 last said the lunar mission of the ISRO will be launched in April

Particulars of the Chandrayaan-2

  1. India’s second mission to the Moon is a totally indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover
  2. After reaching the 100 km lunar orbit, the Lander housing the Rover will separate from the Orbiter
  3. After a controlled descent, the Lander will soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover
  4. The mission will carry a six-wheeled Rover which will move around the landing site in semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands
  5. The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data, which will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil
  6. The Chandrayaan-2 weighing around 3290 kg and would orbit around the moon and perform the objectives of remote sensing the moon. The payloads will collect scientific information on lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water-ice.
ISRO Missions and Discoveries
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