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Chandrayaan 2 Launch Called Off Due To Technical Snag: 10 Points
The launch of Chandrayaan 2, India's most ambitious space mission yet, was called off early Monday with just minutes to go for the lift-off, news agency PTI reported.
SRIHARIKOTA: The launch of Chandrayaan 2, India's most ambitious space mission yet, was called off early Monday with just minutes to go for the lift-off, news agency PTI reported. The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am this morning with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months' time. However, with the launch called off, ISRO will have to work out a new launch date and time. "It is not possible to make the launch within the launch window. Next launch schedule will be announced later," reported, quoting ISRO.
Here are the top 10 developments on the cancelled Chandrayaan 2 launch:
1. "A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. A revised launch date will be announced later," ISRO tweeted.
2. Ahead of the launch, ISRO chief K Sivan had told dailyaddaa that the space agency has another opportunity to tomorrow if it were called off today. But launch windows have to meet several technical criteria and so it could even take weeks or months for a new date.
3. The 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover will now lift off on the 640-tonne GSLV Mark III (nicknamed "Baahubali"), India's most powerful rocket that's as high as a 15-storey building, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on another date.
4. About 16 minutes after its lift-off from Sriharikota, Chandrayaan 2 was expected to separate from the rocket and orbit the Earth several times before being slung towards the moon - a 3.84 lakh-km journey.
5. Once the spacecraft reaches the moon 54 days later, it will engage Vikram, a 1.4-tonne lander, which will, in turn, set the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan down on a high plain between two craters on the lunar south pole. After touchdown on the moon, the rover is expected to conduct experiments for one Moon day equal to 14 Earth days, primarily to check if the lunar south pole has primordial water reserves.
6. "We aim to improve our understanding of the moon, which could lead to discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole," a statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) read.
7. If India succeeds in this moon mission, it will become the fourth country to soft-land a spacecraft on the lunar surface after the US, Russia and China. Israel had tried earlier this year but failed.
8. All the equipment involved in the Chandrayaan 2 mission has been designed and manufactured in India. It is the sequel to the successful Chandrayaan 1, which helped confirm the presence of water on the moon in 2009.
9. An analysis published by Sputnik International claimed that the approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan 2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that's 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.
10. India's next big mission will involve sending a human into orbit through Gaganyaan by 2022. Most experts say the geo-strategic stakes are high, and India's assertion of its space power through low-cost models could win it lucrative commercial satellite and orbiting deals in the future.
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