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Chandrayaan-2 Mission 2019

ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, the advance version of Chandrayaan 1 ( Launched 10 years ago )which is set to land on the south pole of the moon, an untouched territory so far.

First set of images from chandrayaan2

What did Chandrayaan 1 Find?

Purpose was to do a survey of the Moon lunar surface to produce a complete map of its chemical characteristics and three-dimensional topography .

ISRO was set to launch Chandrayaan-2 on July 15 for India’s moon mission and would land on the moon around 6th or 7th September. but due to a technical reason, the launch was stopped and postponed. #GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit on 22nd July 2:43 pm IST from Sriharikota.

GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota carrying Chandrayaan2

As per the latest updates from ISRO – Today (August 20, 2019) after the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI), #Chandrayaan2 is now in Lunar orbit. Lander Vikram will soft land on Moon on September 7, 2019

ISRO Tweet-Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of #Chandrayaan2 maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019). The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST

First Moon image captured by Chandrayaan2 taken at a height of about 2650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019

The major aim of Chandrayaan 2 is to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface.

Picture Courtesy: Google

A 3.8-tonne spacecraft has three modules – Orbiter, Lander(Vikram), Rover(Pragyan) with GSLV MK-III launch vehicle accommodated inside the module.

Orbiter – It will orbit around the moon with scientific payloads.

Lander– It will allow spacecraft to perform a soft landing on the moon at a predetermined location.

Rover– It is enclosed inside the lander and gets deployed at the surface to perform the scientific experiments.

It is India’s first interplanetary mission that will be driven by the two women scientist. ISRO’s M Vanitha is project director and Ritu Karidhal is mission director of Chandrayaan -2.

Image Source: Google

Who is M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal?

M Vanitha– She is a design engineer and first woman to hold the position of the project director. Also, Vanitha received the Best Woman Scientist award in 2006 by the Astronomical Society of India.

Ritu Karidhal – She is commonly referred to as ‘Rocket Women of India’ as she was the deputy operations director for the Mars Orbiter Mission after which she became famous. Ritu is an aerospace engineer and she has received the prestigious ISRO Young Scientist Award in 2007 from APJ Abdul Kalam in 2007.

Now, ISRO female scientists are also marking their dominance in space.

Swikriti Dandotia

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