Chandrayaan-2 Launch : Less Than One Hour to Go for India’s Second Date With the Moon

India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole by landing a rover will be launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1 from Sriharikota today, a week after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag.

 

The Rs 978 crore mission, which was rescheduled after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43pm from the second launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, over 100km from Chennai.

 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists, who aborted the previous launch with 56 minutes left for the countdown to end on July 15, have taken quick remedial action based on an analysis carried out by a team set up to look into the snag and announced the rescheduled launch three days ago. A 20-hour countdown for the launch began at 6.43pm Sunday, ISRO announced.