India’s space scientists are ready to launch the 1000 crore moon mission ‘Chandrayaan 2’ on Monday,22 July 2019 at 2.43pm. ISRO scientists rescheduled the mission after they corrected the technical snag in the rocket found on 15th July 2019.
ISRO scientists have a narrow one-minute window for the second attempt. Similar time slots will be available till July 31, after that window will be available only in September, scientists said. In tweets, Indian Space Research Organisation said it had completed the filling of UH25 fuel in the liquid core stage of GSLV Mk 3 rocket, nicknamed ‘Baahubali’.
GSLV Mk3 is India’s most powerful Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle which is a 640-tonne and 44 metres long (as tall as a 15-storey building) rocket. The 20-hour countdown for the launch began Sunday evening at 6.43 pm, ISRO announced.
Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to launch at 2.51 am on 15 July 2019 but the countdown was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the launch. ISRO aborted its second mission to Moon ahead of the lift-off. Earlier ISRO scheduled the mission in the first week of January. However, they shifted the date to July 15.
Chandrayaan-2 is ISRO’s ambitious moon-mission. Its successful completion will make India join the elite club of countries to send a rover to the Lunar surface. India will become the first country to send a rover on one of the darker sides of moon Lunar South Pole. This side of the moon has some possibilities for finding water.
ISRO doesn’t want to take any chances as Chandrayaan–2 is quite inexpensive compared to the missions of other countries. The total cost of Chandrayaan 2 is nearly Rs 978 crore which includes Rs 603 crore as mission cost and Rs 375 crore as launch cost. This is cheaper than Hollywood movies like Avengers: Endgame and Avatar.