July 15th. Sriharikota, India. One hour until launch. The Indian Space Research Organization is supervising the final groundwork before the take off. The “most prestigious” mission, according to ISRO director Dr. Sivan, it would be the fourth nation to soft land on the Moon, after U.S., Russia and China.
GSLV technical complications
Everything was working like clockwork. The final countdown has started, but at T-56 minutes and 24 seconds the launch procedure has come to an end all of a sudden. Researchers from ISRO caught sight of a technical irregularity in the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII-M1. The GSLV weights 580 tonnes and is 14 storeys tall.
Chandrayaan-2, the lunar mission that was supposed to launch today, is the second of its kind to reach and orbit the moon, but the first one to land on Earth’s satellite. The ISRO mission was supposed to examine the unexplored South Pole of the Moon, among others, the part of the moon that is hard to examine with the help of orbiters and satellites because it’s located on the dark side of the moon. Chandrayaan-2 is also designed to find water deposits on the moon as the first Indian lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, established the existence of water on the satellite while orbiting the cosmic body.
Since 1962, even though there was criticism because of the overpopulation, India’s space program kept on developing technologies that would help the country. Thanks to its satellite development and cutting edge technologies, the never-ending problems of their country, such as fish migration, storms, floods, have been fixed.
Even thought the Indian Space Research Organization has postponed its aim of sending its rover on the moon, it did it only pro tempore. The agency won’t give up any time soon and for certain we will hear about the mission soon enough.