ISRO aims to launch Chandrayaan-2 by April


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 crucial and important mission of the ISRO.

ISRO’s plant to launch moon mission

  1. ISRO has said it is aiming for an April launch of the Chandrayaan-2 satellite to the moon
  2. Why special: this time it plans to send a rover to explore the lunar surface
  3. What if not possible in April: If the April launch of the Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second mission to the moon, is not possible, then the ISRO will aim for a launch by October

Particulars of the mission

  1. The Chandrayaan-2 satellite would comprise an orbiter, lander and six-wheeled rover which would move around the landing site and instruments on it would send back data that would be useful in analysing the lunar soil
  2. After reaching the 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 the rover


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