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ISRO: Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15 at 02.51 AM

ISRO: Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15 at 02.51 AM. India’s ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 2 will be launched on July 15 at 2 hours 51 minutes.

[T]he Chandrayaan-2, which is set to cost about Rs 800 crore, will involve unloading of a rover to study the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2 has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander [Vikram] and Rover [Pragyan]. The lender named Vikram [meaning valor, after the father of the Indian space program, Vikram Sarabhai]. It will release a small robotic rover, named Pragyan [wisdom], to move around, feel and understand the lunar surface.

There will eight instruments on the orbiter however, there are no specific details of the instruments that it will be carrying along. The sixth Imaging Infra-Red Spectrometer [IIRS] of NASA, the only foreign payload, will be a part of the Orbiter.

[T]he total mass of the mission is 3.8 tonnes, said ISRO. ISRO had earlier indicated that it was looking at a 9-16 July launch window with the Moon landing expected to take place on 6 September.