ISRO Chandrayaan-2 mission likely to launch in Feb 2019

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New Delhi : The Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) may launch Chandrayaan-2 mission in Feb 2019. To inform, it is the second mission to the Moon which is almost ready to lift off. 

“We are all trying hard. Definitely, it should be possible to launch the mission in February,” a senior ISRO official told PTI.

Though expected in the middle of next month, yet no date has been finalised. “There is no impediment. It’s on track,” the official said.

Chandrayaan-2 comprises an orbiter, a lander and a rover. After a controlled descent, the lander would soft-land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a rover, according to the ISRO. The six-wheeled rover will move around the landing site on the lunar surface in a semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands.

The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data, which will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil. The 3,290-kg Chandrayaan-2 will orbit the Moon and perform the objectives of remote sensing it.

ISRO's Chandrayaan, if launched successfully will collect scientific information on lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water-ice, the space agency said.

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