ISRO gears up for Chandrayaan-2 mission

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By admin July 6, 2019 12:50

News: Chandrayaan-2, the country’s first moon lander and rover mission, is a month away from launch. 

Details 

  • Weighing about 3,500 kg, Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on the heavy-lift GSLV-Mk III rocket. 
  • The lander is named Vikram (meaning valour, after the father of the Indian space programme, Vikram Sarabhai). It will release a small robotic rover, named Pragyan (wisdom), to move around, feel and understand the lunar surface. 
  • Vikram must gently descend on a harsh rugged lunar surface, without getting damaged. It must also avoid landing in a shadowy patch. It needs sunlight for generating its power. 
  • Meanwhile, the mother ship or the orbiter that carries Vikram and Pragyan will go around the moon at a distance of about 100 km, taking pictures and gathering surface information and sending them back to earth. 
  • The moon’s constantly sunny side gets light for 14 Earth days or one lunar day. The lander and the rover are expected to work for just that duration. 

What it will study? 

  • The mission carries 14 payloads or instruments to observe and gauge the lunar scene – both from a distance and on its surface. 
  • One of them is a tiny NASA reflect meter to mark the spot for future missions and assess the distance from the earth. 
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By admin July 6, 2019 12:50