New Delhi, March 25: The launch of India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ has been postponed to October as the experts have suggested some tests, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The launch was originally scheduled for April 23. Also Read - New Satellite To Carry PM Modi's Photo And Bhagavad Gita To Space, 25000 Citizens Given Pass
Talking to reporters at Chennai airport, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K.Sivan said,”The experts had met recently and suggested the tests, following which the mission will now be launched in October.” Also Read - ISRO, MapmyIndia Join Hands to Offer Indigenous Mapping Solution to Take on Google Maps
Earlier on February 16, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, in-charge of the Department of Space, Jitendra Singh had said that the lunar mission under which the Isro will for the first time attempt to land a rover on the moon’s south pole, will be launched in April. Also Read - Uttarakhand Floods: ISRO Releases First Images of Damage at Raini, Tapovan
Chandrayaan-2 is a totally indigenous mission comprising an orbiter, lander and rover.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft weighing around 3,290 kg 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 said on its website about the lunar mission.
Isro had launched its maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 in 2008.