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ISRO to launch India's second mission to the moon in April, we get you the details

by Ankit Chawla

ISRO or Indian Space Research Organisation on Friday announced that it will send Chandrayaan-2, the agency's second mission to the Moon in mid-April 2019, following several delays over the last few months.

As part of the mission, a Lander will conduct a soft landing on the Moon, while an unloaded Rover will navigate and study the surface. Finally, the Orbiter will go around the satellite, obtaining other vital information in the process.

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To go into detail, the plan of the mission now involves making the lander go around the Moon in an elliptical orbit before attempting the soft landing. This will be a 100x300 elliptical orbit, with 100km on one side and 30km on the other.

That said, there is still a lot of pending work on Chandrayaan-2. These include re-analysing temperature fluctuations, contraction of the rover ramp panel, and estimating clearance between parts of the shuttle. Times of India reports that a source said in late November that about 30 last-minute modifications needed to be made to send the shuttle into space.

In case you were unaware, this mission was initially meant to be a joint project in collaboration with Russian space agency Roscosmos, however the deal fell through somewhere and ISRO became the sole agency responsible for sending India's second mission to Moon.

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