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Chandrayaan-2 to be 'most complex mission' ISRO has taken so far: Former chief G Madhavan Nair

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 14, 2019, 04.23 PM (IST)

India's historic moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 is going to be the "most complex mission" that ISRO has undertaken so far," former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief said hours before the launch on Sunday.

"Scientifically, it is a follow on mission to confirm data from Chandrayaan-1. It is going to be a big motivator for the young scientific groups," G Madhavan Nair added.

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Live: Chandrayaan-2 — India's second lunar exploration mission

Chandrayaan-2, India's Moon mission to the unexplored south polar region of Earth's natural satellite will blast off on July 15 at 2:51 am. It will be launched from Sriharikota's space centre in Andhra Pradesh.

Chandrayaan-2, which has home-grown technology, will explore a region of Moon where no mission has ever set foot. According to ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the landing site, at a latitude of about 70 degrees south, is the southernmost for any mission till date.

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The probe's total mass is 3.8 ton and it is expected to land on Moon's south polar region on September 6 or 7 this year.

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It will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to carry out a soft landing on Moon.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Chandrayaan-2, India's Moon mission to the unexplored south polar region of Earth's natural satellite will blast off on July 15 at 2:51 am.