India's heavy rocket 'Bahubali' gearing up for Moon

Pablo Tucker
July 12, 2019

India heads to the moon on a robotic mission like never before.

NDTV is one of the leaders in the production and broadcasting of un-biased and comprehensive news and entertainment programmes in India and overseas. The touchdown will take place near the southern pole of the moon, a first for a space mission, according to India Today.

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The launch is now scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 2:21 p.m. PT and will take place at India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, north of Chennai.

In May, ISRO said it would be launching Chandrayaan-2 between July 9-16. We all hope and wish Chandrayaan 2 a successful and smooth landing.

Sources said, with 13 instruments onboard (eight on the orbiter, three on the lander, and two on the rover), and one from Nasa, Chandrayaan-2 would push the boundaries of scientific knowledge to unravel mysteries of the universe, and trace the origin and evolution of the Moon, thus fostering a new age of discovery. Overall, the aim of the mission is to collect data on the moon's geology. That orbiter reached the moon on November 8, 2008 and then fired an impacter which struck the south pole. However, Isro chairman K Sivan and other senior scientists from the space agency have reiterated the capabilities of GSLV, and have pegged it as the rocket of the future.

First space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon's south polar region, first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology, first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology, fourth country ever to soft land on the lunar surface. Following its arrival, it will manoeuvre into a circular orbit just 62 miles (100km) above the lunar surface.

An ISRO official stated that in order to establish Chandrayaan 2.

When will Chandrayaan-2 reach the moon?

The lunar south pole is especially interesting because a much larger portion of it is in shadow than the north pole, presenting a greater possibility of water. It will then deploy the Vikram lander early in September.

India is going to execute the first space mission which involves a soft landing on the dark side of the moon. The lander will only operate for a single lunar day (two weeks on Earth).

When a rocket blasts off from an island in the Bay of Bengal in the coming days, it will carry not only a moon rover but a nation's growing ambitions in space.

It will be nearly 11 years since India's last foray to the Moon, when the Chandrayaan-1 probe made a controlled impact near the south pole to collect soil samples to test for traces of water.

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