Why Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off?

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

Chandrayaan-2 called off

In a last-minute revision of schedule, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that the launch of India's second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2' has been called off due to a technical snag.

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Revised date to be announced soon

ISRO's public relations officer (PRO) Guruprasad said that the revised launch date will be announced later.

"A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later" ISRO tweeted minutes ahead of the scheduled launch on Monday.

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Country's second lunar spacecraft

The country's second lunar spacecraft was to be launched onboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am.

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Next launch schedule

According to a report, the ISRO officials will now empty the fuel loaded in the rocket and then it will be taken back for further investigation regarding the technical issue.

The said process will take 10 days and after that, the next launch schedule will be announced, news agency IANS reported.

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Chandrayaan-2: Home-grown technology

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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'Composite body'

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.

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First Indian expedition to attempt soft landing

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.
 

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