Chandrayaan-2 mission launch on July 15: ISRO

Bengaluru:  India’s second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be launched at 2:51 AM on July 15 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan announced on Wednesday.

Briefing the media here Sivan said, “The launch of Chandrayaan-2  would take place at 2.51 am on board the GSLV MK-III vehicle from the spaceport of Sriharikota,”

“ Chandrayaan-2 will explore the southernmost part of the moon,” he added saying the mission cost of Chandrayaan-2 with regard to the satellite was Rs 603 crore. The cost of GSLV MK III is Rs 375 crore.

Dr Sivan said last-minute touches are being given Chandrayaan-2 and that and it will be launched using the “Baahubali” or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III).

Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter, a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyaan and the nominal mission life of the lander is expected to be 14 earth days or one lunar day. The lander will also measure moonquakes.

Chandrayaan-1 mission was launched about 10 years ago.

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