Every Indian awaits with bated breath as ISRO gets ready for the launch of Chandrayaan 2 on Monday. The scheduled time for the take-off is 2:43 pm and the countdown began on Sunday itself. People, especially youngsters, are coming in hordes at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota ahead of the launch.
As the time ticks away, here are some useful facts about India's latest moon mission. The facts in figures for Chandrayaan 2 about the cost of the mission, the cost of the launch, the number of universities which participated in the mission and the number of firms involved in it are mentioned here.
See the figures below:
Chandrayaan 2 has two main components - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) 'Bahubali' rocket and the Lunar module (orbiter, Lander 'Vikram' and rover 'Pragyan'). The moon-lander and rover mission proves that India is taking lead in space exploration as its mission aims to investigate the unexplored south pole of the moon. With Chandrayaan 2 India aims to do the soft landing on the moon. If successful, it will be the fourth country after US, Russia and China to do so.
ISRO has been consistently giving updates about the countdown to the mission.
ISRO had previously attempted a launch on July 15 but it had to be called off due to technical snag observed in the launch vehicle system at T-56 minutes.
Here are the five points that make Chandrayaan-2 special: