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Countdown for Chandrayaan-2 begins in Sriharikota

With Chandrayaan-2, India will become only the fourth country to land a spacecraft on moon. So far, all landings, human as well as non-human, have been in areas close to the equator of the moon.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the Chandrayaan-2, a moon-lander and rover mission, on Monday at 2:51 am (IST) from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre. (ISRO/PTI Photo)

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The space agency’s most ambitious mission till date is aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole of the moon as it holds the maximum promise for presence of water as well as of fossil footprints. (ISRO/PTI Photo)

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Chandrayaan-2, the Rs 1,000-crore mission, consists of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover, all equipped with scientific instruments to study the moon. The space agency has named the Lander module Vikram, after Vikram Sarabhai – the pioneer of India’s space programme – and the Rover module Pragyaan, meaning wisdom. (PTI)

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In this picture released by ISRO, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or 'Bahubali' is seen at the second launch pad ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. (ISRO/PTI Photo)

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With Chandrayaan-2, India will become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon. (ISRO/PTI Photo)

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This is the second attempt of the ISRO at sending a study probe to the moon. Chandrayaan-1, which was launched on October 22, 2008, was an orbital drone which revolved around the moon and an impactor landed on its lunar surface.