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WorldISRO calls off moon mission Chandrayaan-2 due to technical snag

08:06  15 july  2019
08:06  15 july  2019 Source:   qz.com

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India’s mission to the unexplored regions of the Moon , Chandrayaan 2 , was postponed less than an hour before it’s launch, the country’s space Chandrayaan - 2 emerges from its assembly building © ISRO . As a measure of abundant precaution, # Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today.

Nation’s first attempt at a landing on the moon put on hold due to ‘ technical snag ’.

ISRO calls off moon mission Chandrayaan-2 due to technical snag© Provided by Atlantic Media, Inc. isro-chandrayaan

A technical glitch led India to call off the launch of Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second lunar exploration mission, at the last moment.

The rocket was scheduled to take off in the wee hours of July 15, from Sriharikota island in southern India. The country’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it had been cancelled as a “measure of abundant precaution.”

This was India’s first lunar mission in over a decade. In 2008, Chandrayaan-1 had found one of the earliest evidence of water on the moon.

Developed by ISRO, the Chandrayaan-2 module has three main parts: an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. As per the launch plans, the entire module would have been released from a GSLV Mk III rocket, while it circles the earth. The module will then slip away from the earth’s orbit and enter the moon’s. The lander was estimated to dissociate from the rocket and attempt to execute a “soft landing” (or a controlled landing) on the moon surface on Sept. 6.

If the plan succeeds, India would become the fourth country to soft-land a lunar mission, besides the US, Russia, and China.

A probe unit of India’s Chandrayaan-1 had made a crash landing on the moon. Its orbiter, though expected to function for two years, had died in less than a year.

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