The launch is now scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 2:21 p.m. PT and will take place at India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, north of Chennai.
"The LRA is a mirrored device that reflects laser signals to help mission team members pinpoint where a lander is as well as precisely calculate the moon's distance from Earth", explains Space.com, noting that the payload is of the same design as a device launched aboard Israel's doomed Beresheet moon lander earlier this year.
The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced since Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission. Chandrayaan 2 comes 10 years after ISRO launched Chandrayaan 1 in 2009. In 2013-14, India put a satellite into orbit around Mars in the nation's first interplanetary mission.
This will be the first rover to look for water at the south pole.
On entering the Moon's sphere of influence, on-board thrusters will slow down the spacecraft for Lunar Capture.
Chandrayaan-2 has three modules, an Orbiter, a Lander called Vikram, and a Rover called Pragyan, which means "wisdom" in Sanskrit.
The spacecraft will carry the 1.4 tonne lander Vikram - which in turn will take the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan - to a high plain between two craters on the lunar South Pole.Читайте также: Former Yankees Pitcher and 'Ball Four' Author Jim Bouton Dies at 80
Subsequently, the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan will roll out and carry out two experiments on lunar surface for a period of one lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days.
"The fundamental question that we should ask ourselves in this context is not whether India should undertake such ambitious space ventures, but whether India can afford to ignore it", said K. Kasturirangan, a former ISRO chief. Women employees account for almost 30% of India's space agency's total workforce.
ISRO officials have indicated that the mission will include studies of lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, the lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water ice. Chandrayaan-2 will look to build on this monumental discovery from the ground.
However, some experts say anyone looking for a cheap ticket to space should think of the comfort on low-priced plane rides closer to Earth.
November 5, 2013 - The Mars Orbiter Mission is launched. The space agency wants to begin conducting sustainable lunar surface missions by the late 2020s, which will be conducted from the so-called lunar "Gateway"-a small spaceship for astronauts and science experiments that will orbit the moon, acting as a kind of staging post. That's a big difference in cost", said Hubbard".
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