Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) called off its ambitious mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 just a few minutes before the launch. ISRO aborted its second mission to Moon ahead of the lift-off.
Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 was scheduled to launch at 2.51 am but the countdown was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before. ISRO tweeted “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.”
President Ram Nath Kovind was present at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota to witness the launch. Chandrayaan-2 launch was earlier scheduled in the first week of January. However, the date was shifted 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.