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Chandrayaan-2 will now launch on July 22

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on July 18, 2019 Published on July 18, 2019

The technical snag was noticed after loading of cryogenic fuel in to the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) that was to launch the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

With the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) identifying and fixing the technical snag that led to the cancellation of the Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15, lift-off is now fixed for 2:43 pm on July 22.

India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 was aborted 56 minutes before lift-off on Monday.

There has been no official comment from ISRO on what went wrong. However, reports say that it could be due to insufficient pressure in the rocket’s helium tanks. The fault was rectified at the launchpad itself.

Read also: Technical snag halts India’s lunar mission

The ₹978-crore mission will be India’s second lunar mission, and if successful, will make the country only the fourth after the US, Russia and China to land a rover on the moon.

In April, Israel’s attempt to land a probe on the moon failed when its Beresheet spacecraft crashed on the lunar surface.

Published on July 18, 2019
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