ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 lunarcraft will carry a passive experimental instrument of NASA, which will be used by the US space agency to accurately calculate the distance between Moon and Earth, reports Times of India.
The lunar craft will also carry the mission’s orbiter, Vikram lander and Pragyan rover which will be among 13 Indian payloads which will be used to conduct scientific experiments and for taking images of the Moon’s surface.
The orbiter separates 100 km above the lunar surface after which a soft landing will be ensured by Vikram lander on the surface in the south pole of the moon. The Pragyan rover will carry our on-site experiments, rolling around for 300-400 meters. The mission will carry out various researches on the lunar surface for the period of 14 earth days.
GSLV MK3, donning the role of the Chandrayaan-II lunar craft weighs 3.8 tonnes, is scheduled to be launched between 9 and 16 July and is expected to land on the moon on 6 September.