Chennai, July 14 : As the stage is all set for the most challenging second lunar mission in 11 years, Chandrayaan-2 by the heaviest launch vehicle GSLV-Mk-III, India aims to explore the Moon's South polar region after its soft landing on September 6.ISRO said the Moon's South polar region is a section of the lunar surface that was yet to be explored by any country on the planet, in over 60 years of lunar expedition.
When Chandrayaan-2 takes off from the SHAR Range here at 0251 hrs tomorrow, it would chart a course that will shed light on the unknown section of our closest satellite.
Chandrayan-2 aims to expand on the findings of Chandrayaan-1, launched on October 22, 2008, develop and demonstrate key capabilities such as soft landing and roving on the lunar surface, design and deploy the Vikram lander, capable of soft landing on a specified lunar site and deploy the Pragyan Rover to explore the moon's surface.
Legacy of Lunar exploration :
October 22, 2008 : Chandrayaan-1 launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
November 8, 2008 : Chandrayaan-1 enters a Lunar Transfer Trajectory
November 14, 2008 : The Moon Mineralogy Mapper onboard Chandrayaan-1 confirms the presence of water molecules on the Moon's surface.July 15, 2019 : Chandrayaan-2 prepares to rekindle India's exploration of the Moon.(UNI)