Chandrayaan-2 to be now launched on July 22, says ISRO

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WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 18, 2019, 11.18 AM (IST)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has rescheduled the launch of its lunar probe, the Chandrayaan-2. The probe will now be launched on July 22.

"Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, 2019, is now rescheduled at 2:43 pm IST on Monday, July 22, 2019," ISRO said in a tweet on Thursday morning.

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Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to launch early on Monday (July 15), but the lift-off was cancelled almost an hour before the scheduled launch at 2:51am due to a 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," ISRO said on Twitter after the launch as called off.

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India successfully carried out its first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, nearly 11 years ago.

The US $146 million mission, if successful, would boost India's aspirations to catch up with global space leaders United States and China and put it in a better position to compete in the commercial space market.

A success would make India only the fourth country behind the United States, Russia and China to perform a "soft", or controlled, landing on the moon and put a rover on it.

This would be the third attempted moon landing this year after China's successful Chang'e-4 lunar probe and Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, which failed and crashed on to the moon in April.