As the launch date of ISRO Chandrayaan 2 approaches, the excitement around India’s second lunar mission is certainly drumming up. After recently announcing that there will be 13 Indian payloads and one passive experiment from NASA onboard the ISRO Chandrayaan 2 mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation has now unveiled what the mission aims at achieving.
The Aim of Chandrayaan 2
Apart from studying the components of the moon, ISRO says that their core objective is to uncover the deepest secrets of the universe to derive and build real-world, practical solutions for Indians and humanity at large.
In a fresh update today, ISRO mentions 6 objectives the Chandrayaan 2 mission aims at achieving. They are as follows:
- Push the boundaries of scientific knowledge to unravel the mysteries of this universe.
- Unleash innovation by throwing challenges at the youth of the country, and spurring future research and development.
- Explore economic possibilities by strengthening ISRO’s alliance with the industry.
- Engaging with the general public by motivating the youth to undertake real life applications of science and technology.
- Expanding India’s footprint in space as Moon is the perfect test-bed for proving technologies required for future space explorations.
- Making India a key contributor of exploring and uncovering secrets of the universe, thus fostering shared aspirations of the international community.
ISRO Chandrayaan 2 Launch Date
ISRO Chandrayaan 2 Mission is scheduled to take place between 9 and 16 July 2019, and the moon landing is expected on 6 September 2019. There will be a total of 14 payloads onboard the Chandrayaan 2, of which 8 will be on the orbiter, 3 on the lander, and 2 on the rover; 13 payloads will be Indian, while one will be a passive experiment from NASA.
Upon successful launch of the mission, ISRO Chandrayaan 2 will be the first lunar mission to land a rover near the lunar south pole making India the fourth country to achieve this feat after US, China and USSR.