Chandrayaan 2

Going where no one has gone before




About Chandrayaan 2

Chandrayaan 2 is India's second mission to the moon. And this time, we won't just be orbiting the moon, we'll be landing on it.

Launcher

GSLV MKIII

At 640 tonnes, the GSLV Mk-III is the heaviest rocket built by India and the ideal vehicle for carrying out the Chandrayaan 2 mission.

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Lunar Orbiter

Space Cadet

This spacecraft will map the lunar surface for at least a year from an orbit of 100 km. It will also help relay the rover's findings.

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Lunar Lander

Vikram

The lander has been named Vikram after the father of India's space program, Vikram Sarabhai, and will execute a soft landing on the Moon.

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Lunar Rover

Pragyan

Pragyan the rover travels on six wheels and moves at a speed of one centimeter per second. It uses solar energy to power it.

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Fun Facts

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The rover ‘Pragyan’ is tucked inside the ‘Vikram’ lander and it will roll out after the lander makes its soft landing.

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ISRO wants to know if water is permanently found on the shadowed part of the Moon

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Both the lander and the rover will use solar energy to generate electricity.

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'One day on the Moon is equal to almost a month on the Earth'.

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ISRO chairperson K. Sivan said that the 15 minutes after the lander separates from the orbiter will be the most terrifying part of the mission.

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ISRO will be carrying 13 indigenous payloads and one instrument from NASA which is the Laser Retroreflector Array. Its mission life will last longer than Chandrayaan 2 and will study the Moon's interiors.

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The lander and rover will conduct their experiments over a period of 15 days.

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The rover has six wheels that will be painted in the colours of the tiranga.

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The total cost of the mission is Rs 603 crores, excluding the rocket.

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Chandrayaan 2 has been slated to launch on 15 July 2019 at 2.51 am IST from Sriharikota. If all goes to plan, the lander will touchdown on the surface on 6 September 2019.