Amaravati: While the countdown for Chandrayaan 2, the first Indian moon landing mission, began on Sunday morning, the mission is all set to head on its 3.84 lakh km voyage to the moon in the wee hours of Monday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has scheduled the launch of its lunar probe, by a GSLV MkIII rocket, from Sriharikota spaceport at 2.51 am on Monday. The countdown has began at 6.51 am. on Sunday.
Chandrayaan-2 will be the first of its kind as it will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon – the South Polar region.
It will explore the topography of the moon and its composition and will search for water besides conducting in-situ studies.
Chandrayaan-2 will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on-board heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk III), nicknamed as ‘Bahubali’, at 2.51 am. on July 15. The Lander, Vikram, will land near the South Pole of the moon on September 6.
There have been 28 landings on the moon so far, including the six that had humans on board and almost all of them landed in the equatorial region. Earlier this year, China’s Chang’e-4 made a landing on the far side of the moon, the side that does not face the earth, becoming the first spacecraft to do so.