Fresh images of Chandrayaan-2 satellite were released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday, just a week before its launch.
Set to launch from Sriharikota on July 15th at 2:51 pm, the Vikram and Pragyaan, its lander and rover; are presumed to land on the surface of moon in the first week of September.
It will be launched using the most powerful rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III). Chandrayaan-2, the Rs. 1000 crore mission will explore a region of moon where no earlier mission has gone, near the south pole of the Moon.
The Chandryaan-1, whose MIP (Moon Impact Probe) crash landed near the South Pole, was designed to just orbit the Moon and make observations with instruments on board, while Chandrayaan-2 is created to land on the Moon.
This development makes India, only the fourth country to land a spacecraft on Moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have done this before.
At a Press Conference, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said, “Chandrayaan-II consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as “composite body”. The total mass of Chandrayaan 2 system is 3.8 ton; out of 3.8 ton, nearly 1.3 ton is the propeller.”
During the next 16 days, there will be five burns using propellants. “Within 15 minutes GSLV Mk III will inject the composite body in the extrinsic orbit,” he said.
Last week ISRO Chairman also met President Ram Nath Kovind who extended his best wishes for the upcoming mission.
“Dr K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Space Commission, called on President Kovind and briefed him about space mission ‘Chandrayaan2’, scheduled to be launched next month. The President wished him all success for the mission,” a tweet by The President reads.
On June 23, Sivan had said that India is planning to set up its own space station.