ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 mission to take place between 9 July and 16 July

The rocket used for the Chandrayaan-2 mission towards the moon will be the GSLV Mk-III rocket.

ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 mission, which is India's second mission to the moon is going to commence between 9 July and 16 July.

The Chandrayaan-2 Rover during a mobility test. Image courtesy: ISRO

The Chandrayaan-2 Rover during a mobility test. Image courtesy: ISRO

The Indian space agency has said in a statement that all the modules necessary for the mission are getting ready. The landing on the lunar surface is expected to be by 6 September and ISRO plans to include a lander, an orbiter and a rover to land. It is targetted to land on the south pole of the moon.

The rocket which will launch the mission towards the moon will be the GSLV Mk-III rocket wherein the lunar craft will be propelled into the moon's orbit via the orbiter.  As soon as the lunar craft has landed a rover will roll-out and carry out experiments on the moon.

Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first lunar mission and it was a successful one. The mission consisted of an orbiting spacecraft and a lunar impactor. The mission was designed to last two years, but the Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with the orbiter after almost a year in operation. It has since been found.

Scientists from Brown University in the US used a new calibration of data taken from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, to quantify how much water is present on a global scale.

With inputs from PTI


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