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