New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the moon, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, is now rescheduled at 2:43 pm IST on July 22, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a tweet on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, the technical team at the Sriharikota launch pad had said that they were “confident of rectifying the snag” in the next 48 hours.

The launch was scheduled to have taken place at 2.51 am on July 15 from the second launchpad at Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The countdown to the launch was, however, put on hold at 56 minutes and 24 seconds owing to a "technical snag".

The landing of Chandrayaan-2 will add India to an elite club of the former Soviet Union, the US and China in making a soft landing on the moon, in which vehicles touch down without damage. 

The aim of the mission is to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyze crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. That isotope is limited on Earth yet so abundant on the moon that it theoretically could meet global energy demands for 250 years if harnessed. India’s first mission to the moon -- Chandrayaan-1 -- was launched in October 2008, completed more than 3,400 orbits and ejected a probe that discovered molecules of water in the surface for the first time.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta