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ISRO Chandrayaan-2 launch Live Updates: Countdown for India's moon mission begins; lift-off at 2.43 pm

ISRO Chandrayaan-2 launch Live Updates: Countdown for India's moon mission begins; lift-off at 2.43 pm
ISRO Chandrayaan-2 launch LIVE UPDATES: Countdown for India's mission to the moon begins; lift-off at 2.43 pm

Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Launch Live Updates: A 20-hour countdown began at 6.43 pm Sunday for the launch of Chandrayaan-2, scheduled at 2.43 pm Monday. Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have a window of only a few minutes to launch India’s first exploratory mission to the Moon, making it necessary that all operations in the run-up to lift-off are conducted with extreme precision, a former ISRO scientist said.

Chandrayaan-2 was originally scheduled to launch on July 15. It was aborted after scientists noticed a sudden drop in pressure in a chamber filled with helium gas. “Whatever technical snag we observed on July 15 has been rectified. The vehicle is in good health… The (pre-launch) rehearsal has been successfully completed,” ISRO chairman K Sivan said was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Chandrayaan-2, the sequel to Chandrayaan-1, consists of three modules — an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. The Orbiter will orbit the Moon from 100 kilometres away, while the Lander will carry the Rover module to the surface of the Moon. As it makes a soft-landing, the Rover will detach itself and slowly crawl on the surface to record observations and collect data. The Lander module is named ‘Vikram’, after Vikram Sarabhai. The Rover, called ‘Pragyaan’ (wisdom), is a six-wheeled solar-powered vehicle.

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ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Launch Live Online Updates: A 20-hour countdown began at 6.43 pm Sunday for the launch of Chandrayaan-2, scheduled at 2.43 pm today. Follow the latest news and updates in Bangla | Tamil | Malayalam