India is ready to launch its ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission next week. At least, that’s what the rumor mill indicates about India’s space agency!
With that, India is heading towards the new approach of reaching the unexplored part of the moon – the South Pole.
Reports so far shed lights that Satish Dhawan Space Center is believed to be the spot at Sriharikota from where Chandrayaan-2 will get ready to blast off. Much to the knowledge of fans, the place is situated on the southwest coast of India.
This second lunar probe from ISRO or Indian Space Research Organization happens to be the first one destined to reach the moon and land there. Sources claim that the lunar probe is slated for a September 6 launch date.
This brings India rank as the fourth nation to reach the satellite of Earth, if at all successfully. Previously, the US, Russia, and China were the three nations to gain successful prominence on this front.
According to what the ISRO indicated, it has chosen to explore the moon’s South Pole owing to the availability of water in those permanently shadowed areas. This could pave ways for the lunar habitation in the future.
It wishes to examine the craters’ inside that are cold traps. If at all this happens, it would offer them a way to understand the moon’s overall evolution.
Time and again, the world has got familiar with the fact that these areas have been extremely cold for ages. Scientists believe that there might be a possibility for the places to have a fossil record of the earlier solar system.
Chandrayaan-2 apparently comes with three modules – Orbiter, Lander (Vikram), and Rover or Pragyan (meaning ‘wisdom’).
It is named after Dr. Vikram A Sarabhaiv who happened to be Indian Space Program’s father. It is expected to land on the high plain between the two craters namely Simpelius N and Manzinus C situated 70° south.
As far as ISRO is concerned, they hope that mineralogical analyses and topographical studies will pay them off and help them gain a better understanding of the moon.
It seems India might hit the ball on the court and become the fourth nation to reach the lunar surface. As of now, here’s keeping fingers crossed!
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