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In Pics: Historical Journey Of ISROs’ Ambitious Lunar Mission - Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched on July 22, 2019. Chandrayaan-2’s ‘Vikram’ module will make a historic soft-landing on the Moon on September 7. Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from ‘Vikram’ between 5.30 am and 6.30 am. The mission is being considered as a challenge since no space agency has ever explored the South Polar Region of the Moon. Here’s the pictorial journey of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 06 September 2019, 10:32:51 AM
Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched on July 22, 2019. Chandrayaan-2’s ‘Vikram’ module will make a historic soft-landing on the Moon on September 7. Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from ‘Vikram’ between 5.30 am and 6.30 am. The mission is being considered as a challenge since no space agency has ever explored the South Polar Region of the Moon. Here’s the pictorial journey of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission. (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar mission after Chandrayaan-1, was successfully launched on July 22, 2019 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on-board GSLV Mk-III.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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In Chandrayaan-2, a total of 13 payloads are distributed across the three modules where the Orbiter and Vikram Lander are stacked upon each other whereas the Pragyan Rover is housed inside the lander.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft weighs approximately 3290 kilograms. The cost of the mega-project is Rs 978 crore.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission will target a completely unexplored section of the Moon that is its “South Polar region - Aitken Basin”.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Moon (Photo Credit: NASA)

Moon (Photo Credit: NASA)

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By conducting topographical studies and mineralogical analyses alongside a few other experiments on the Moon’s Surface, the ISRO’s ambitious mission aims to get a better understanding of the Moon’s origin and its evolution.

Moon (Photo Credit: NASA)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander captured the first set of beautiful images of the Earth.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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The images of lunar surface were captured by Terrain Mapping Camera -2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan-2.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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Chandrayaan-2 will make soft-landing on Moon on September 7 between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)

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If successful, the mission will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the Moon.  

Chandrayaan-2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)