The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) postponed the Indian mission on the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, for this October. The launch of the spacecraft Chandrayaan-2, which was planned to be carried out on April 23rd, had to be postponed because the spaceship’s testings will take longer than expected, reported the Times of India.
As the April launch failed, the next window of opportunity is in October
Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the ISRO chairman, said the tests of the spacecraft will last for another 20 days, as a result of which it will be impossible to carry out the mission in the earlier scheduled time. According to him, to implement the “ideal mission” it was decided to postpone it at the beginning of October.
“After skipping the April date, if ISRO launches the mission in the months from May to September, we won’t be able to use the full lunar day (14 Earth days) for experiments on the moon because of eclipses and other reasons. Therefore, Isro will launch the mission in the first week of October,” said Sivan.
Earlier, the Minister of Justice for the development of the North-East region of India, Dr. Jeetendra Singh, confirmed that in 2018, India intends to send a small rover to the Moon and put into orbit the automatic interplanetary station Chandrayaan-2.
The Chandrayaan-2 Indian mission on the Moon should continue the work done by Chandrayaan-1
The Chandrayaan-2 project is a continuation of the Indian lunar program launched by the Chandrayaan-1, which was launched to the Moon in October 2008 and which worked in the Moon’s orbit for 312 days.
Within the framework of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, ISRO will continue to study the mineralogical and elemental composition of the lunar surface. Initially, it was assumed that this mission will be carried out with the participation of Russia, which should’ve been responsible for the landing module but in 2013 it was decided that all components must be made in India.
In conclusion, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) postponed the Indian mission on the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, for this October.