Chandrayaan 2, India’s ambitious second Lunar mission that will study moon more deeply has faced a technical snag before the take-off. The launch was supposed to take place at early hours on 15th July, but before 2:51 am Indian Space Research Organisation made an announcement from the mission control room that the launch of the space shuttle has been called off.
Chandrayann 2 faces technical glitches
The news from Satish Dhawan Space center, Shriharikota said a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today and the revised launch date will be announced later.
A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later.
— ISRO (@isro) July 14, 2019
It has been 11 years from now when India launched its first mission to the moon, the mission which was successful in providing the evidence of water molecules on the surface of the moon. Since then India has developed very much in the study of space exploration and is looking to do something that other countries couldn’t.
The Chandrayaan 2 will attempt a soft landing on the moon, and explore places which have not yet been scouted by any other countries. It would also be the first time that India will land on the moon with its indigenous built Lander Vikram, which has been named after the father of India’s space program Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.
This mission into the moon is carried out by ISRO’s powerful rocket GSLV Mark III- M1. It is said that the space shuttle would carry an orbiter which will revolve around the moon for a period of one year. On the other hand, Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyaan will touchdown on the moon and collect data on mineral properties of the landing site and the extent of water for a period of 14 earth days. With this, India will become the fourth country in the world after Russia, China, and the US to land on the moon.
ISRO does not want to take any risk
However, a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system one hour before the launch. The exact reason for the glitch in the system is yet to be discovered by the agency. As a result, ISRO does not want to take any chances as it has spent nearly Rs 1000 Cr on this mission and it is not sure whether the launch will be resumed any time soon.
In the month of April, this year, Israel’s Beresheet lunar craft failed to land softly on the moon, as the mechanical rover crashlanded on the lunar surface destroying itself into pieces. Taking notes from Israel’s lunar mission, ISRO does not want to take any risk which would lead to similar results.