Chandrayaan 2

Going where no one has gone before




About Chandrayaan 2

Chandrayaan 2 is India's second mission to the moon. And this time, we won't just be orbiting the moon, we'll be landing on it.

Launcher

GSLV MKIII

At 640 tonnes, the GSLV Mk-III is the heaviest rocket built by India and the ideal vehicle for carrying out the Chandrayaan 2 mission.

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Lunar Orbiter

Space Cadet

This spacecraft will map the lunar surface for at least a year from an orbit of 100 km. It will also help relay the rover's findings.

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Lunar Lander

Vikram

The lander has been named Vikram after the father of India's space program, Vikram Sarabhai, and will execute a soft landing on the Moon.

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Lunar Rover

Pragyan

Pragyan the rover travels on six wheels and moves at a speed of one centimeter per second. It uses solar energy to power it.

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Fun Facts

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The moon, being the closest celestial body to us, is a promising testbed to document, explore and test tech for future deep-space missions

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The moon is a window into Earth’s early history – an undisturbed historical record of the inner solar system’s environment over billions of years

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Chandrayaan 2 will be the first space mission to attempt a soft-landing in the Moon's South Polar Region

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Chandrayaan 2's orbiter's mission life will be one year, while those of the lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan) will be one lunar day, which is 14 earth days

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Apart from studying the moon's surface, Chandrayaan 2 will also examine the satellite's outer atmosphere

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Chandrayaan 2 has several experiments onboard to study the moon's topography, seismic activity, mineral and chemical composition of the surface and the moon's atmosphere

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Chandrayaan 2 is a precursor to an even-more ambitious mission, the Gaganyaan project, which aims to place three Indians in space by 2022

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The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter will observe and map the surface from a 100 km altitude, but the lander and rover will study the landing site up-close

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There have been 38 attempts from the world over to soft-land on the moon, of which only 52% have succeeded

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Chandrayaan 2 will map the surface of the South Polar Region, determine its mineral & chemical composition and seismic activity in 3D