New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday conducted checks at the launch pad of Chandrayaan-2 in Sriharikota. 

"Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLVMKIII) carrying Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft is undergoing launch checks at the launch pad in Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 2:51 am on July 15," the ISRO said on Thursday.

India's most powerful launcher GSLVMkIII will carry Chandrayaan-2 to its designated orbit. The GSLVMkIII has been completely designed and fabricated from within the country and capable of launching 4-ton class of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. 

Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the Moon. The aim of Chandrayaan-2 is to improve the understanding of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as "composite body". The total mass of the satellite is 3.8 ton and is expected to land on the Moon on September 6 or 7 this year.

"In future, the nation will depend more on planetary missions. After Chandrayaan I mission, we are now entering into Chandrayaan II mission. We had slipped many times but now it will be launched on July 15 at 2.51 am," said ISRO Chairman K Sivan.

Chandryaan-2 will explore a region of moon where no mission has ever set foot. The ISRO chief said the landing site, at about 70 degrees south latitude, is the southernmost for any mission till date. No country has attempted this before.

(with Agency inputs) 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma