India was to launch it’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on Thursday but delayed it again. According to sources, the launch will most probably postponed to next month. However, ISRO has yet not decided the dates.
This is the second time the space agency deferred the mission launch. Although ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told the media that they had planned to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3, reason for the delay has not been made public yet.
ISRO’s Rs 800-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission came a decade after it launched Chandrayaan-1 on October 22, 2008. ISRO had launched latter from the country’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The officials has named the lander for this mission, “Vikram”. It is a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman, Vikram Sarabhai.
India will be landing its rover on the Moon for the first time. It is nearly 50 years after American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped on July 20, 1969 as part of Apollo-11 mission. When Chandrayaan-2’s rover lands on the Moon, India will be the fourth country in the world to achieve the feat.
Meanwhile, Israel also plans to launch its lunar mission in February. Thus, it is in contest with India to be the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon.