India’s ambitious lunar mission – Chandrayaan 2 is likely to be launched in January-March window in 2019. After the launch of India’s first lunar probe in October 2008, Chandrayaan 2 will be ISRO’s second attempt to get a more precise and close up look of the lunar surface.
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Chandrayaab-2 will have a lander and a rover apart from the orbiter, which has been developed by the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL). It will take one or two months for the orbiter to reach its designated place around the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft-land a lander and rover in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south. If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first-ever mission to land a rover near the lunar south pole Zinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south.
The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface when it will walk on the moon. According to the ISRO, this mission will use and test various new technologies and conduct new experiments. The wheeled rover will move on the lunar surface and will perform the on-site chemical analysis. The rover will send the data to the orbiter and the orbiter will send it back to earth to analyze the lunar soil.
If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first-ever mission to land a rover near the lunar south pole.
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