The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday (12 June) announced that Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the moon, would be launched on 15 July, reports News18.
ISRO’s chairman K Sivan, while briefing the media on the launch of the moon mission, said that the launch of the GSLV MK-III, carrying the Chandrayaan-2 on board, would take place at 2.51am on 15 July.
The spacecraft, with a mass of 3.8 tonne, has three modules - Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
ISRO also revealed the orbiter and lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission today (12 June) at its Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
According to the ISRO chief, the landing on the moon will take place on 6 or 7 September. The rover and Lander will have a life span of one lunar day that is equivalent to 14 earth Day life span.
The scientific payloads on board Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface.