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Chandrayaan-2: India's moon mission called off due to technical snag

GSLVMkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. (Picture courtesy: Twitter.com/ISRO) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 15, 2019, 02.40 AM (IST)

India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 has been called off due to technical snag.

''A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,'' tweeted ISRO.

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The call-off procedure was initiated just over half an hour after ISRO tweeted that the filling of liquid hydrogen in cryogenic stage was complete. 

An announcement said the launch could not be completed within the available window. It can be recalled the window is just 10 minutes long. The announcement at Sriharikota said the next date will be announced later.

Doordarshan News tweeted Chandrayaan-2 countdown put on hold! Further communication from ISRO awaited.

The 20-hour countdown began on Sunday morning for the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's Moon mission to the unexplored south polar region of Earth's natural satellite.

ISRO said that the countdown started at 6.51 am today.

Later in the evening, ISRO tweeted a video showing what went into the making of Chandryaan-2 mission to its subsequent placing on the launching site.

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The call-off procedure was initiated just over half an hour after ISRO tweeted that the filling of liquid hydrogen in cryogenic stage was complete.