Bengaluru: India is set to launch its second unmanned mission to the moon on July 15, following the resounding success of the Chandrayaan-1 voyage.
Here are the six takeaways from the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
1. Chandrayaan-2 will blast off from Sriharikota on July 15 and land in moon’s south pole, a region which has remained unexplored so far in September.
2. The spacecraft has been built at a cost of Rs 603 crore.
3. Chandrayaan weighs 3.8 ton, roughly the weight of eight full grown elephants.
4. According to media reports, Chandrayaan-2 will analyse the minerals on the moon, map the moon surface and search for water.
5. “After landing, the rover door will open. This will be the next important moment; it will take four hours from the time of landing to the time rover comes out. We might have landing pictures within 15 minutes,” revealed ISRO at a press conference on Wednesday.
6. One of the rover wheel will resemble the Ashoka Chakra and the rover and lander will have the tricolour.