The launch date of Chandrayaan-2 has been finally decided by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Mission Chandrayaan-2, if successful, will be able to land a rover near the South Pole in a major breakthrough for ISRO. The attempt will be India’s second lunar expedition after Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had launched Chandrayaan-1, the country’s first lunar probe.
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The Chairman of ISRO, K Sivan, has said that India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 is likely to be launched on January 3, 2019. Chandrayaan-2 will be the first mission in the world going near the South Pole.
After the successful launch of PSLV C-42 into orbit, Sivan talked about the upcoming launches scheduled over the next few months. “Chandrayaan-2 is planned for a window from January 3 to February 16, 2019, that we are targeting. It can happen anytime during that window. But we are aiming for the beginning of the window, January 3,” he said.
On Sunday evening, the ISRO successfully launched PSLV C-42 into orbit carrying two international satellites – Nova SAR and S1-4 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The two satellites that observe earth have been produced by Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), the United Kingdom under a trade arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space.