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Chandrayaan-2 Updates: Mission Called Off Minutes Before Launch

India | PTI | July 15, 2019, 4:00 am
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 India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on July 15, 2019. An Indian Space Research Organization spokesman says a
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)" title=" India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on July 15, 2019. An Indian Space Research Organization spokesman says a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton launch-vehicle system.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)">

India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on July 15, 2019. An Indian Space Research Organization spokesman says a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton launch-vehicle system.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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 A video journalist reports standing next to models of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

A video journalist reports standing next to models of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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 ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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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)

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 The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. The space mission, which aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, is set to be launched on July 15, 2019. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 An Officials carry out the hoisting of the Vikram Lander during the integration of Chandrayaan-2, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

An Officials carry out the hoisting of the Vikram Lander during the integration of Chandrayaan-2, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 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. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru. (Image: Reuters)

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru. (Image: Reuters)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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