Indians and the entire globe were to witness the Chandrayaan-2 on July 15. Everyone was hooked on to their TV screens to get a view of the most anticipated launch. But the Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, called off the launch at the last moment. It soon announced July 22 as the official launch date of the Chandrayaan-2. ISRO’s official statement read: “Chandrayaan-2 launch is now rescheduled on July 22, 2019, at 2:43 pm.”
Chandrayaan 2 is ready to take a billion dreams to the Moon — now stronger than ever before! Join us for the launch on Monday — 22 July, 2019 — at 2:43 PM IST.
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— ISRO (@isro) July 18, 2019
The July 15 launch was canceled due to a leak in the cryogenic stage of the launch vehicle. An expert committee analyzed the issue and insisted on an immediate cancellation. Reports claim that the said committee recognized the root cause and corrective actions are implemented. ISRO has not commented on what exactly was the root cause.
Chandrayaan-2 is touted to be India’s second Moon mission which involves Isro soft-landing a lander, named Vikram, and operating a robotic rover, named Pragyan on the lunar surface, while an Orbit goes circles Moon in a 100km X 100km orbit. The project was cleared in September 2008 and the total budget is said to Rs. 978 crores. It will carry 14 payloads, including a payload from NASA.
The Chandrayaan-1 which was conducted back in October 2008, gave a major boost and added to India’s space program. It too focused on exploring the Moon. The main objective of landing Vikram is to re-confirm the presence of water on the Moon while another objective is to unravel the oblivious evolution of our Solar System.