Bhubaneswar: The Indian Space Research Centre (ISRO) again delayed its second Moon Mission Chandrayaan-2 which was scheduled to launch yesterday. However, ISRO till now has not declared the dates of its launch, but the sources said that it might get postponed till next month.
A spokesman Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said,”We’ve not yet confirmed the next launch date of Chandrayaan-2”
This is the second time the space agency deferred the mission launch. Although ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told the media that they had planned to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3, reason for the delay has not been made public yet.
ISRO’s Rs. 800 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission came a decade after it launched Chandrayaan-1 on October 22, 2008. ISRO had launched the latter from the country’s only space-port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The officials has named the lander for this mission, “Vikram”. It is a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman, Vikram Sarabhai.
India will be landing its rover on the Moon for the first time. It is nearly 50 years after American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped on July 20, 1969 as part of Apollo-11 mission. When Chandrayaan-2’s rover lands on the Moon, India will be the fourth country in the world to achieve the feat.