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ISRO releases first pictures of Chandrayaan-2 set to launch in July

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch India's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 as per schedule in July. The ISRO on Wednesday shared the first pictures of Chandrayaan-2 the lander and orbiter at its Satellite Integration and Testing establishment in Bengaluru.

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 12, 2019, 01.25 PM (IST)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today shared pictures of Chandrayaan-2 which is set to be launched in July.

It will be India's second lunar mission after the grand success of Chandrayaan-1. ISRO has planned the mission as a tribute to pioneer of Indian space programme Vikram Sarabhai.

India's space agency plans to land a rover on the moon, a feat achieved by the former Soviet Union, USA and China. India hopes to join the elite club with the launch of the second mission. The rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments.

ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2'

The Moon landing is expected in September, ISRO had said earlier. Chandrayaan-2 will have 13 payloads including one passive experiment from American space agency NASA.

ISRO chairman K Sivan had said earlier that the rover would land at a place "where nobody else has gone - the Moon's South Pole".

Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair had said that the second lunar mission would look for "specific minerals on the surface of the Moon".

ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2'

Chandrayaan-2 mission is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission about 10 years ago. Chandrayaan-1 had eleven payloads- five from India, three from Europe, two from USA and one from Bulgaria, and the mission had the credit for the discovery of water on the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan-2 launch comes ten years after ISRO launched its first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, in 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor but didn't include a rover like Chandrayaan-2.

The mission which costs nearly Rs 800 crore will launched on board GSLV-Mk III which is an indigenous mission, comprising an orbiter, lander and rover.