New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released pictures of Chandrayaan 2 from its testing facility in Bengaluru on Wednesday. This is the organization’s second mission to the moon which will be launched on July 15 early morning at 2 hours 51 minutes.
“The day we are going to land is either September 6 or September 7, that day happens to be the beginning of a lunar day. For one full lunar day, the lander and rover will be functioning and carry out scientific experiments,” said ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan in a press conference.
Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) & Rover (Pragyan). The Orbiter and Lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle.
The Rover is housed inside the Lander. After launching into earthbound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to the lunar South Pole.
Further, the Rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.
The Chandrayaan 2 mission contains three components and the composite body of Chandrayaan 2 is kept inside GSLV MK-III. The total mass of Chandrayaan 2 system is 3.8 ton out of which nearly 1.3 ton is the propeller.
According to D Sivan, the cost of Chandrayaan 2 Mission, mainly the satellite portion including the support from foreign agencies as well as for navigation purpose, is Rs. 603 crore