Days ahead of India's second mission to the Moon Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) carried out the launch checks of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III) rocket at the launch pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, July 11.
The Chandrayaan-2, India's lunar mission which will go to the Moon's south polar region, is scheduled to be launched on July 15, at 2:51 am IST.
The 640-tonne GSLV Mk-III rocket has been named as 'Bahubali', which stands 43 meters tall, is as high as a 15 storey building.
Giving the intricate details of the 'Mission Moon' Chandrayaan-2, ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said that ISRO's mission is to make the best use of space technology for the common man use.
"I just want to share few things that ISRO's mission is to make use of space technology for the use of common man in the areas of safety, security and quality of life. And we have missions like communication missions and navigation missions mainly to take care of the safety and security of common man," Mr Sivan said.
Chandrayaan-2 will contain three components, Orbiter, Lander and Rover and the total composite module will weight 3.8 tonnes. The aim of the mission is to improve the understanding of the Moon — discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole, the ISRO website states. It will furthermore use the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover to attempt a soft landing in a high plain between two craters — Manzinus C and Simpelius N on the moon.