ISRO says it has successfully completed launch rehearsal of Chandrayaan-2

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 21, 2019, 09.28 AM(IST)

File photo: Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the Moon. Photograph:( AFP )

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The Mission is scheduled for launch on July 22.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday said that it had successfully completed the launch rehearsal of the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

The Mission is scheduled for launch on July 22.

"Launch rehearsal of #GSLVMkIII-M1 / #Chandrayaan2 mission completed, performance normal #ISRO," tweeted ISRO.

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Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched on July 15. However, less than an hour before the launch, the mission was aborted following a technical glitch in the rocket. Following which, ISRO announced a new launch date.

Chandrayaan-2, which has home-grown technology, will explore a region of Moon where no mission has ever set foot.

The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as "composite body". 

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.

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.