Countdown for mission Chandrayaan-2 to start at 6.43 pm today: ISRO

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Chennai: The countdown for Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar exploration mission, will begin at 6.43 pm today, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said.

According to sources, during the countdown, the rocket and spacecraft’s systems will undergo checks and fuel will be filled to power the rocket engines.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft with GSLV-Mk III rocket was earlier scheduled for flight on July 15. However, the flight was postponed due to the detection of a technical snag one hour prior to the rocket lift-off.

ISRO has sent three GSLV-Mk III rockets so far. The first Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment was held in December 2014 while the second and third GSLV-Mk III carried communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 in February 2017 and November 2018 respectively.

GSLV-Mk III will also be used for India’s manned space mission in 2022, sources added.

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