As I write this blog the countdown to Chandrayaan-2, the 2nd Lunar Mission of India begins. If you follow my blogs, you must know by now that I’m in love with the moon, history and India. So today it’s impossible for me to contain my happiness and excitement as India embarks on a journey to the yet unexplored South Pole of the moon to create history!
Attempting a few “firsts”, India gears to be the 4th country in the world to attempt a soft landing on the moon! It would be a huge achievement for India as this lunar mission will prove the country’s place in the ‘Elite Space Club’.
Here are a few facts you need to know about the Chandrayaan-2.
- Chandrayaan-2 is India’s first lander mission. It consists of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover, all equipped with scientific instruments to study the moon.
- Chandrayaan-2, originally scheduled to launch in 2012, was a collaborative mission with a Russian space agency. However after the Russians withdrew, ISRO had to re-initiate the process – which led to the delay on the original schedule.
- India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has named the Lander module as ‘Vikram’, after Vikram Sarabhai, the pioneer of India’s space programme! And the Rover is called as ‘Pragyan’ meaning wisdom in Sanskrit.
- Chandrayaan-2 will land near the South Pole of the moon, a previously unexplored territory. No mission, manned or unmanned, has ever gone to that site!
- Chandrayaan-2 is the 1St Indian mission to attempt a soft landing and explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology!
- The Lander and Rover modules which are designed to work for only 14 days (1 Lunar day) will make a soft-landing on moon’s surface either on September 6 or 7, 2019.
- Chandrayaan-2’s predecessor, Chandrayaan-1, was an Orbiter mission which was sent way back in 2008. And in fact it was India’s first exploratory mission to any heavenly body in space at all.
The sequence of this mission is divided into nine phases over the time length of 48 days until it lands on the moon. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 will be aided in achieving its mission by some of India’s most advanced engineering marvels. Its composite module compromises of technology and software developed across the country for the soft landing. This mission is an attempt to foster a new age of discovery, increase the knowledge of space, stimulate the advancement of technology, and promote global alliances of explorers and scientists.
And now as I type out the end of my blog, Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched. A proud moment for India!
It’s just a beginning….Kudos to Team ISRO!!