Chandrayaan-2 launch: ISRO chief K Sivan prays at Tirumala temple for mission's success

It has been a custom with all ISRO chiefs to visit the temples ahead of big missions.

Ahead of India's second unmanned moon mission — Chandrayaan 2 — Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  chief K Sivan has visited the Balaji Temple at Tirumala hill shrine and Sri Chengalamma temple in Sullurupet to pray for the success of the mission.

Sivan, accompanied by some ISRO scientists, reportedly took with him a replica figurine of Chandrayaan-2 to receive the blessings at the famous temple. It has been a custom with all ISRO chiefs to visit the temples ahead of big missions.

Chandrayaan-2 launch: ISRO chief K Sivan prays at Tirumala temple for missions success

ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan Image: Department of Space

After his visit to the temple, Sivan told ANI, "On Monday early morning at 2.51 am, we are going to launch the most important and prestigious mission, Chandrayaan II. A GSLV Mark III vehicle is going to be used for the mission and after a successful launch; it will take nearly two months to land on the moon at the South Pole."

(To know more about the Chandrayaan 2 mission, read here.)

Chandryaan-2 will explore a region of moon where no mission has ever set foot. The landing site of the mission, at about 70 degrees south latitude, is the southernmost for any mission till date. No country has attempted this before.

(Also read: How to watch the Chandrayaan-2 launch live)

According to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.

"This mission's preparations are going on without any issue and we are ensuring that the launch takes place at the given time as planned." Sivan said.

With inputs from ANI. 

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