Technical glitch in launch vehicle stalls Isro’s Moon mission
If the glitch is significant, the rocket may have to be shifted to a lab, delaying the mission by a month
Minutes before making this announcement, the officials put on hold the countdown
New Delhi: India’s maiden attempt to make a soft landing on the Moon may now be postponed by a few weeks after it missed the initial launch window on Monday due to a technical glitch detected during the last hour of the countdown.
As per the original plan, Isro was to attempt a soft landing near the moon’s southern pole on 6 September. This would be followed by both the lander Vikram and rover Pragyaan mapping the lunar surface for 14 earth days.
The integrated Chandryaan-2 module consists of an orbiter to revolve around the moon for a period of one year, lander Vikram and rover Pragyan. The larger aim of the mission is to double down on the experiments conducted by the first lunar mission launched in October 2008 and procure more data on the extent and distribution of water on the moon.
Since the moon is the closest cosmic body to the earth, it also offers opportunities to demonstrate technologies which are required for deep space missions.
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