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Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15 at 2.51 am: ISRO

India’s ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 2 will be launched on July 15 at 2 hours 51 minutes.

The Chandrayaan-2, which is set to cost about Rs 800 crore, will involve unloading of a rover to study the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan). The lander named Vikram (meaning valour, after the father of the Indian space programme, Vikram Sarabhai). It will release a small robotic rover, named Pragyan (wisdom), to move around, feel and understand the lunar surface.

There will eight instruments on the orbiter however, there are no specific details of the instruments that it will be carrying along. The sixth Imaging Infra-Red Spectrometer (IIRS) of NASA, the only foreign payload, will be a part of the Orbiter.

The total mass of the mission is 3.8 tonnes, said ISRO. ISRO had earlier indicated that it was looking at a 9-16 July launch window with the Moon landing expected to take place on 6 September.

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