India Will Launch an Ambitious Moon Orbiter-Lander-Rover Combo in July

Space.com | 6/16/1963 | Tariq Malik
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India is about to take its biggest leap to the moon yet, with a mission to land at the lunar south pole.

As the world prepares for the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 11 moon landing in July, the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch an ambitious triple-threat mission to the Earth's nearest neighbor. The mission, called Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to launch July 14 at 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT).

Chandrayaan-2 - Geosynchronous - Satellite - Launch - Vehicle

Chandrayaan-2 will launch atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III M1 rocket (India's most powerful booster) from the country's Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, where the local time at liftoff will be 2:51 a.m. on July 15. And unlike the country's first moon orbiter Chandrayaan-1, which launched in 2008, this new spacecraft won't be alone.

An artist's illustration of India's Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, and its Pragyan rover on the surface of the moon near the lunar south pole.

Space - Research - Organisation - Diagram - Flight

This Indian Space Research Organisation diagram shows the flight profile of the Chandrayaan-2 spaceraft as they fly to the moon between July and September 2019.

This ISRO graphic details the main components of India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission.

Chandrayaan-2 - Orbiter - Lander - Rover - Moon

Chandrayaan-2 will include an orbiter, lander and rover that will work together to study the moon from above and its surface. Chandrayaan means "Moon Craft" in Sanskrit, and is the name of the ISRO's overarching moon exploration project, with Chandrayaan-2 being the second mission in that program.

Chandrayaan-2's lander is called Vikram in honor of the Indian scientist Vikram Sarabhai, dubbed the "Father of the Indian Space Programme," who died in 1971, ISRO officials explained in a mission description. The rover is called Pragyan, or "Wisdom" in Sanskrit.

Target - Site - India - Mission - Lunar

The target landing site for India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to explore the lunar...
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