Seeking India's richest deity Lord Venkateshwara's blessings as per Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) traditions, ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan, on Saturday, visited Andhra Pradesh's Tirumala Tirupati Temple ahead of Monday's Chandrayaan 2 launch. Speaking to media after the darshan, he shared details of Monday's launch.
"On Monday, early morning at 2:51 AM, we are going to have the most important and prestigious mission - Chandrayaan 2. The vehicle used for this mission is GSLV MKIII. After the successful launch, it will take two months to go and land on the moon's south pole," said Sivan.
Speaking about the significance of Chandrayaan 2, Sivan said that the mission aims at discovering new lunar science and hopes demonstration of new technological development in 'soft landing'.
"Preparations have been going on without any hitch. We hope the launch happens on Monday at 2:51 AM, as planned. This mission demonstrates the new technological development happening in soft landing. We will also get a lot of new lunar science which makes it a very prestigious mission for India."
Chairmen of (ISRO) seeking divine blessings usually from Lord Venkateswara is a well-established tradition. As per reports, on last Sunday, Sivan also visited the Krishna Mutt in Udupi, Karnataka seeking blessings for the success of the mission.
Chandrayaan 2 is an Indian lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon's south polar region, as explained by ISRO. With this achievement, India becomes the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to land a probe on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan 2 which will blast off from ISRO's traditional home base - Sriharikota on early Monday morning, was designed and will be executed on a budget of Rs. 960 crores ($140 million).
In comparison, the US has spent $25 billion ($100 billion in current prices) in 15 Apollo missions to put a 'man on the moon'. Chandrayaan 2 aims at further probing into the moon's origins and testing the possibility of water presence on the south pole on Moon. Chandrayaan 2 will take off on July 15 and is expected to make a soft landing on the lunar South Pole - between two craters — Manzinus C and Simpelius N — at a latitude of about 70Â° south, on September 6.
The rover and probe will do extensive mapping of the lunar surface to studying variations in Moon's composition, thus further gaining knowledge of the moon's origins. Following its predecessor - Chandrayaan 1's conformation of water molecules on Moon, this mission also aims at studying the extent of its distribution on the lunar surface and sub-surface. As the South pole is the chosen site of study, Chandrayaan 2 aims at studying the craters which are cold traps, containing a fossilised record of the early Solar System.