Chandrayaan (Photo Credit: ISRO)
Chandrayaan 2 is all set to take off on July 15 this year and it will be launching from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2.51 am IST. If all goes as per the plan, the Chandrayaan 2 will touchdown on the surface on 6 September 2019. In the meantime, the latest update from ISRO will bring joy to those wishing to witness this historic moment. It is to be noted that the Indians will be able to watch the ISRO Chandrayaan 2 launch live with their naked eyes from the Rocket Space Theme Park, Sriharikota.
In a tweet, ISRO confirmed that the online registration process to watch the Chandrayaan 2 mission will begin at 12 am on 4 July. However, there’s no link or microsite given to where the registrations will happen yet.
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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-MkIII (GSLV Mk-III) will carry the Orbiter, Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover to the Moon and conduct several tests with the onboard 13 payloads on each of the three modules.
According to ISRO, GSLV MkIII-M1/Chandrayaan 2 assembly of the batteries for all stages of launch vehicle has been completed. The Rover after completion of all tests has been integrated with lander Vikram. Vikram lander, assembled with Pragyan Rover, has been integrated with the Orbiter. Electrical checks and pyro arming of the vehicle and launch vehicle battery charging has been completed.
The India’s premier space agency had announced the construction of a visitor’s gallery at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota a few months back. The aim of the space agency is to spread awareness about the benefits of space technology and the viewing gallery is a part of it.
The Launch Viewing Gallery has been created like a stadium that is capable of accommodating 5,000 visitors in the first phase. Earlier, during the PSLV-C45 launch, there were about 1,200 visitors.