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Things to know about India's most ambitious Moon mission Chandrayaan-2

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2'. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 14, 2019, 03.47 PM (IST)

India is all set to make history on July 15 with its second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2
  
India's most ambitious Moon mission will launch from Sriharikota's space centre in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am on July 15.

It is scheduled to make a landing on the lunar surface by September 6 or 7.

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

The mission is a giant leap in India's space program.

Ahead of the launch here is a quick glimpse of what the mission will be like.

Launched from Sriharikota in southern India on a one hundred per cent Indian rocket, Chandryaan-2, meaning lunar vehicle in Sanskrit, is heading for the unexplored part of the Moon, south pole. 

In pics: Chandrayaan-2 — ISRO gears up to launch second sojourn to the Moon

It should arrive at the beginning of September 2019 after a 380,000-kilometre voyage.

Watch: ISRO Chairman K Sivan speaks exclusively to WION

Once it’s in lunar orbit 100 kilometres above the surface, the spacecraft will send a lander on a controlled descent to the surface.

The lander will then release a six-wheeled solar-powered rover that will cover about 200 metres of lunar territory.

The aim of the fourteen-day mission is to examine the surface, gathering data on minerals and even water in the form of ice.

Eleven years after the Chandrayaan- 1 mission, which placed a probe in orbit around the Moon, India aims to become the fourth country to send a mission to the Moon’s surface after the US, the Soviet Union and China.

But India's ambitions don't stop there; they hope the first manned mission to space will take off before 2022.

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India's most ambitious moon mission will launch from Sriharikota's space centre in Andhra Pradesh at 2:45 am on April 15.