New Delhi: India is likely to make a landing on the moon on September 6 once the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches its second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ between July 9 and July 16, stated a report.
“All the modules are getting ready for Chandrayaan-2 launch during the window of July 09, to July 16, 2019, with an expected Moon landing on September 06, 2019 9 (sic),” said ISRO in a statement.
The three modules of Chandrayaan-2 are the orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan). ISRO added, “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.”
ISRO chairman K Sivan was quoted by a leading daily as saying, “Once Vikram lands on the lunar surface on September 6, rover Prayan will come out of it and roll out on the lunar surface for 300-400 metres. It will spend 14 earth days on the moon for carrying out different scientific experiments.”
Sivan reportedly added that the spacecraft will house 13 payloads of which three payloads are present in rover Pragyan and 10 other payloads in lander Vikram and the orbiter.
After launch into the earth-bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach the Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, the 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 ISRO said.
(With agency inputs)