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A Week Before Lift-Off, ISRO Releases Pictures Of India's Chandrayaan-2

08 July 2019


Bhubaneswar: The first pictures of Chandrayaan-2, that is all set to lift off on July 15, were released by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday. The Rs 1,000-crore mission, consists of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover, that are all equipped with instruments to study the Moon.

While Chandrayaan-1 was designed to just orbit the Moon, the second mission is created to land on its surface. When Chandrayaan-2's rover lands on the Moon (expected on September 6), India will become the fifth country in the world to achieve the feat after Soviet Union in 1959, the US in 1969, China in December 2013, and Israel in 2019.

Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, the US space agency officials said, during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in Texas, the space.com reported.

As per reports, it will land at a site where no earlier mission has gone, near the unexplored south pole of the Moon that will offer an opportunity for the mission to discover something new.