Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Launch HIGHLIGHTS Updates: India’s second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV MKIII was called off due to a technical snag on Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” the ISRO tweeted. The countdown was held back with 56.24 minutes to go for the launch.
“A new launch date will be announced later,” ISRO added. It was not clear how soon the new launch date could be.
With Chandrayaan-2, India will become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 mission is aimed at exploring the south pole of the Moon, which holds maximum promise for the presence of water as well as fossil footprints.
“Chandrayaan 2 is the next leap in technology as we attempt to soft-land close to South Pole of Moon. The soft landing is extremely complex and we will experience approximately 15 minutes of terror,” ISRO chief K Sivan said.
ISRO’s first successful moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, was launched on October 22, 2008. It was an orbital drone that revolved around the moon and an impactor landed on its lunar surface.