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Chandrayaan-2: ISRO's Mission Moon

Chandrayaan-2, ISRO’s second unmanned lunar mission, is boldly taking India where no country has gone before – the south pole of the moon. Launched on board 'Bahubali' GSLV Mk III, the Rs 603-crore rover will analyse minerals, map the moon's surface and search for water. The mission is a sequel to the successful Chandrayaan-1, which orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water on lunar surface.

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Picture shared by ISRO  Picture shared by ISRO
Sep 08, 2019, 02:25 PM IST
Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has located the lander Vikram on the lunar surface and beamed its first picture back to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ISRO Chief K Sivan, however, said communication is yet to be established. “We have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface and the orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact,” he said.
 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with ISRO chairman K Sivan after connection with the Vikram lander was lost during soft landing of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru on September 7, 2019. (PTI Photo)  Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with ISRO chairman K Sivan after connection with the Vikram lander was lost during soft landing of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru on September 7, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Sep 07, 2019, 09:16 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru at 8am as speculation mounts over the fate of India’s ambitious moon mission. The status of Chandrayaan 2 mission is unknown hours after Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram began final descent towards the moon and lost contact with ground control around 2.1 km from the lunar surface.
 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged and consoled ISRO Chief K Sivan after he broke down.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged and consoled ISRO Chief K Sivan after he broke down.
Sep 07, 2019, 09:10 AM IST
Disheartened over Chandrayaan 2 setback, ISRO chief K Sivan had tears welled in his eyes minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the scientists in Bengaluru. Before leaving the ISRO control centre, the prime minister shook hands with every scientist present. However, when Modi met the ISRO chief, Sivan broke down. He was soon comforted by the PM, who gave a pat on his back and lauded the efforts of the expert.
 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the ISRO headquarters, Bengaluru  Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the ISRO headquarters, Bengaluru
Sep 07, 2019, 09:05 AM IST
Uplifting the spirits of the dejected scientists at the ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "You are those people who live for the nation and work towards its progress. You have given your life for the country. I could understand you all last night. I could read the disappointment on your faces. You all have not slept since so many nights. The obstacles have not weakened the spirits of the country, but have strengthened them. There may have been a blockade in our path. But we are not deterred from the path of our destination."
 

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PM Modi speaking at the ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru  PM Modi speaking at the ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru
Sep 07, 2019, 09:00 AM IST
There will be a new dawn and a brighter future soon, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that the journey and the efforts are as important as the final result of the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Over the disappointment of the scientists at the ISRO, the PM said, "Every difficulty and every struggle teaches us something new and motivates us for some new inventions, new technologies and this determines our future success. If someone is the greatest teacher of knowledge, then it is science. Science is not a failure, only experiments and efforts."
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 07:55 AM IST
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official said after the Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon's surface early on Saturday. "The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit," the official told PTI. The mission life of the 2,379-kg orbiter is one year.
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 04:10 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru at 8am as speculation mounts over the fate of India’s ambitious moon mission after ground control lost contact with the lander
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 04:05 AM IST
Around 95% of the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is intact since the orbiter will continue to circle the moon and take photographs for the next one year, an ISRO official has said.
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 02:23 AM IST
In signs of worry, ISRO chairman K Sivan says communication with Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram has been lost 2.1 km from the moon's surface and data is being analysed. In a pep talk to scientists at ISRO command centre, Modi lauded their efforts and asked them to be courageous and not lose hope.
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 02:04 AM IST
Live visuals from the ISRO command centre show anxious and tense faces as ISRO is awaiting signal from lander Vikram which began its final descent more than 20 minutes ago. ISRO chairman K Sivan also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the headquarters to watch the historic moment live.
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 01:43 AM IST
Lander Vikram has begun its powered descent to the lunar surface, setting in motion action-packed events for a historic landing of rover Pragyan on the moon. The current rough braking of the Chandrayaan 2 will last round 10 minutes and is aimed at slowing down the lander’s velocity.
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 01:36 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru to witness the historic landing of Chandrayaan-2
 

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Sep 07, 2019, 01:21 AM IST
ISRO has begun live streaming Chandrayaan 2's landing on Moon. Here's how you can watch the historic moment
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 11:39 PM IST
Chandrayaan 2 will beam the first image of moon back to earth at 1:52am, following which lander Vikram will touch down on the lunar surface at 1:53am
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 10:55 PM IST
Photos from inside the ISRO Command Centre show edge-of-seat excitement among scientists and mission members.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 10:15 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Bengaluru and is headed to ISRO headquarters to witness the historic landing of the Chandrayaan 2 mission's lunar lander Vikram with rover Pragyan on the moon.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 08:11 PM IST
Here is the mission timeline of Chandrayaan-2.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 06:49 PM IST
ISRO has tweeted a video explaining the functions and components of Pragyan rover. Once the lander touches down on the Moon's surface, the ramp would be lowered, which is when rover Pragyan will come down from it. Pragyan rover will come down and it will begin its journey of moving around the Moon's South Pole area. It will carry out various experiments during the 14 days of its existence.
 

News

 
Sep 06, 2019, 06:05 PM IST
The Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is scheduled to land on the lunar surface at 1:55 am on Saturday. The moon lander Vikram that separated from its orbiting mothership has already performed two manoeuvres to lower its altitude for a perfect touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am tonight. The rover Pragyan will roll out from the moon lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am.
 

News

 
Sep 06, 2019, 05:05 PM IST
When will we get the first data from the rover? Even as the rover rolls out on to the surface, its external camera will be active, ISRO chief Dr K Sivan says. The scientific data, however, will only come through about 5.8 hours after the landing, he added. The six-wheel rover, Pragyan, has two instruments onboard that will help it in conducting its tests. Its main objective is to find out if water-ice exists permanently in the shadowed part of the moon.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 04:19 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru to witness the moon landing of Chandrayaan-rover, has expressed excitement and urged people across the country to watch India's space feat. "The moment 130 crore Indians were enthusiastically waiting for is here!” he said, adding, “India, and the rest of the world will yet again see the exemplary prowess of our space scientists". He will watch the landing with 60-70 high school students from across the country.
 

News

 
Sep 06, 2019, 03:40 PM IST
ISRO will face a number of technological challenges as it attempts to land Chandrayaan-2 rover Vikram on the dark side of the moon. Notably, of a total of 109 missions to the moon so far, 41 have been unsuccessful. According to ISRO, the various technological challenges they will face include trajectory Accuracy, deep space communication, lunar capture and the soft landing, which remains the most challenging part. The landing site landscape features should not result in a communication shadow area and the onboard NGC and propulsion system have to work in unison, automatically and autonomously for a successful landing.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 02:50 PM IST
India will look to create history on September 7 as it attempts to become fourth nation, after US, China, and Soviet Union, to send a mission to moon. If Chandrayaan-2 landing is successful, this will be the southernmost lunar landing on the surface of the moon. The landing can be viewed live on the links shared by ISRO.
 

News

 
Sep 06, 2019, 02:35 PM IST
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Chandrayaan-2 mission is that ISRO will attempt to land the Vikram rover between two craters on Moon's South Pole, which has not been accessed by any country till date. Although several countries have made attempts to reach the Lunar South Pole, India might be the first if everything goes as per plan. One of the most major reasons behind it is the fact that the craters on this part have remained “untouched by sunlight for billions of years”, and hence, it will offer an undisturbed record of the solar system's origins.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 12:44 PM IST
US space scientists, including those from NASA, are all over the moon as they await with bated breath for India's ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan-2's historic soft landing on the moon in the early hours of Saturday. The US space community believes that the landmark mission would help them enrich their understanding of the moon's geology.
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 10:17 AM IST
The final countdown is on! Chandrayaan-2's landing module 'Vikram' will begin its final descent to pull off a historic soft landing on the lunar surface tonight, as ISRO awaits with bated breath for the "terrifying moment".
 

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Sep 06, 2019, 10:10 AM IST
ISRO has tweeted a cartoon strip on what a conversation between lander ‘Vikram’ and orbiter ‘Pragyan’ would look like upon touchdown tonight
 

News

 
Sep 02, 2019, 03:22 PM IST
September 2 was a big day for Chandrayaan 2 as the lander-rover on board the spacecraft separated from the composite module. From here on, the lander and the orbiter will be controlled separately. Today’s separation is crucial as this will be the first time that the systems on-board the indigenously developed lander will operate on its own.
 

News

 
Sep 01, 2019, 06:40 PM IST
The fifth and final orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 to refine its circular path around the moon was performed on September 1. It lasted 52 seconds. The next major stage would be the separation of lander 'Vikram' from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter.
 

News

 
Aug 30, 2019, 06:30 PM IST
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)on August 30 said it successfully performed the fourth lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. There will be one more orbit manoeuvre on September 1 to make the spacecraft enter its final orbit, passing over the lunar pole at a distance of about 100 km from the moon's surface.

 

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Aug 28, 2019, 11:57 AM IST
Eleven days before the moon landing, on August 28, the Indian Space Research Organisation said it has successfully performed the third lunar-bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. There will be two more orbit manoeuvres to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.
 

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Aug 22, 2019, 11:47 AM IST
ISRO released the first visuals of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 from a distance of 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 22. The ISRO in a tweet identified two landmarks on the moon, Mare Orientale basin and Apollo crater.
 

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Aug 21, 2019, 02:45 PM IST
Chandrayaan-2 got a step closer to its goal as the spacecraft completed its second Lunar orbit manoeuvre successfully on August 21, India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced According to ISRO, the orbit manoeuvre began at 12.50 p.m. and took 1,228 seconds to complete. The orbit achieved was 118 km X 4,412 km.
 

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Aug 20, 2019, 03:00 PM IST
Chandrayaan-2 completed one of the most precarious aspects of its month-long space travel on August 20, as the spacecraft was inserted into the lunar orbit after a tricky manoeuvre that lasted 1738 seconds.Several risks had threatened Chandrayaan-2's successful insertion into the moon's orbit. Had it approached the moon at a higher velocity, the lander and rover would have ricocheted and got lost in deep space. Alternatively, if the velocity was slower, the spacecraft would have crashed on the moon's surface, after being pulled by its gravity.
 

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Aug 20, 2019, 10:28 AM IST
In a significant milestone for India’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the lunar orbit today after nearly 30 days of journey in space. ISRO in a statement said, “Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system.
 

News

 
 
Jul 22, 2019, 07:51 PM IST
India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 07:50 PM IST
India’s second inter-planetary mission was made possible by a group of ace women scientists and leading them by example of sheer dedication and perseverance was Vanitha Muthayya. She is among the 30 per cent women of the team who thrust the mission to a successful launch.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 07:00 PM IST
Here's another view of the majestic lift-off of GSLV MKIII-M1 carrying Chandrayaan-2
 

News

 
Jul 22, 2019, 05:52 PM IST
The Rs 10 billion ($146 million) mission, if successful, will enable India to carry out studies on the presence of water on the south pole of the moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have been on the moon and none have been on the south pole.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 05:22 PM IST
India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, days after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. Take a look at the pictures.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 04:43 PM IST
People have taken to Twitter to commend the successful launch of the second moon mission of India. Celebrities, ministers including honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi have tweeted inc celebration, extending their support to ISRO's efforts.
 

News

 
Jul 22, 2019, 03:57 PM IST
The three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg comprises an orbiter, the lander and the rover. The Rs 978-crore Chandrayan 2 will take 48 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases. Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan 2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 03:49 PM IST
The European Space Agency (ESA) congratulated Indian Space Research Organistion (ISRO) on its successful launch of Chandrayaan-2.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 03:25 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of scientists who worked round the clock to script history today. In a series of tweets, PM Modi extended his felicitation for ISRO for "etching in the annals of our glorious history." He said that the launch of Chandrayaan-2 "illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science."
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 03:20 PM IST
ISRO chairman K Sivan on Monday termed the successful launch of India’s second moon mission as the “beginning of a historic journey” that would “explore the unexplored”. Speaking about the mission, Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had bounced back “with flying colours” after a technical snag led to the mission being called off at the eleventh hour during the first attempt on July 15.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 03:10 PM IST
GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit
 

News

 
Jul 22, 2019, 03:00 PM IST
The Chandrayaan-2 mission launch will be live streamed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on its social media handles @isro on Twitter and on Facebook.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 02:45 PM IST
GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota carrying Chandrayaan-2
 

NEWS

 
 
Jul 22, 2019, 01:00 PM IST
The United States of America is the only country to have sent a manned mission to Moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) carried out the famous moon landings including the one in 1969 that took the first man to the moon, Neil Armstrong.
 

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Senior Scientist at the ISRO, Chandrakant  Senior Scientist at the ISRO, Chandrakant
Jul 22, 2019, 11:30 AM IST
Chandrakanta has designed the antenna systems for the Indian satellites and ground stations. He served as project manager, antenna systems, for Chandrayaan-1, GSAT-12 and ASTROSAT.
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 10:20 AM IST
The ISRO has begun the countdown for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 and posted a tweet for the excited followers.
 

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A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district. (Image: PTI)  A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district. (Image: PTI)
Jul 22, 2019, 10:10 AM IST
ISRO dramatically scraps launch of Chandrayaan 2 because of technical problem
 

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Jul 22, 2019, 10:05 AM IST
Vikram Lander is seen mounted on the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, at the launch center in Sriharikota.
 

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Jul 14, 2019, 11:44 PM IST
ISRO tweets photo of ‘people dwarfed by 14-storey high GSLV Mk-3’ to put in perspective the gigantic size of the launcher.
 

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Jul 14, 2019, 10:49 PM IST
Here’s a look at what India spent on Chandrayaan-2, the mission timeline, and its to-do list on the moon
 

News

 
Ritu Karidhal  Ritu Karidhal
Jul 14, 2019, 09:29 PM IST
For Ritu Karidhal, sky is no longer the limit. Meet the Chandrayaan-2 mission director
 

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Jul 14, 2019, 08:54 PM IST
Two children from Jammu visited the ISRO station in Andhra Pradesh this week and recalled listening to moon stories from their grandmother. There was a time when moon was just a celestial body too far away for them to reach. Not anymore, they say.

 

News

 
Jul 14, 2019, 03:40 PM IST
Other than India, the United States, the USSR, China and Japan are the four other nations that have sent missions to the moon.
 

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Jul 14, 2019, 03:26 PM IST
A team of scientists at IIT Kanpur contributed to the home-grown mission by developing a piece of motion technology, which will help the rover manoeuvre on the surface of the moon and aid its landing.
 

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Jul 14, 2019, 03:16 PM IST
Chandrayaan-2 mission costs less than half the budget of the Hollywood blockbuster 'Avengers Endgame' just as India's first Mars satellite cost less than budget of the space sci-fi 'Gravity'.
 

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Chandrayaan 1 vs Chandrayaan 2  Chandrayaan 1 vs Chandrayaan 2
Jul 13, 2019, 02:57 PM IST
How the Chandrayaan 2 compares with its predecessor the Chandrayaan 1
 

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Jul 13, 2019, 09:00 AM IST
All you need to know about 'Baahubali' rocket GSLV Mk-III, also dubbed the 'Fat Boy', which will carry Chandrayaan-2 to the moon
 

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Chandrayaan 2  Chandrayaan 2
Jul 13, 2019, 07:19 AM IST
How does Chandrayaan-2 fare cost-wise among four lunar pioneers? India has spent about $140 million to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400-km trip. The United States spent about $25 billion, the equivalent of more than $100 billion in current prices, on 15 Apollo missions.
 

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Jul 12, 2019, 07:28 PM IST
The ISRO asked what people would want to carry on Chandrayaan-2 mission. Twitter threw up some quirky answers with #MoonEssentials becoming a top Twitter trend.
 

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Jul 10, 2019, 12:15 PM IST
Meet the 'rocket women' behind Chandrayaan 2, India's second lunar mission. Muthyya Vanitha is the project director and Ritu Karidhal is the mission director.
 

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Jul 10, 2019, 09:22 AM IST
First Pictures of ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter, Lander & Rover: India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 is expected to launch off in July, with an expected landing on the Moon in September. Chandrayaan-2, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
 

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Jan 01, 1970, 05:30 AM IST
How ISRO’s former director had to persuade Chandrayaan-2 project director to take the wheel
 
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