ISRO calls off Chandrayaan-2 launch due to tech issue

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Chandrayaan-2 was set to be launched on-board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III at 2:51 AM on Monday. Photo: ISRO/Twitter

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has called off the launch of its second ambitious lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, due to a technical issue.

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” the space agency stated in a tweet.

Chandrayaan-2 was set to be launched on-board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III at 2:51 AM on July 15. However, the countdown was stopped abruptly around 2 AM and it was later announced that the launch has been called off.

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According to ISRO, the mission will help gather details about the origin and evolution of the moon.

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“All preparations for Chandrayaan-2 are going on for the launch scheduled at 2.51 am on July 15 from Sriharikota,” ISRO chairman K Sivan had told reporters on Saturday.

The spacecraft, with a mass of 3.8 tonne, has three modules — Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).

Sivan also ruled out rains posing a threat to the launch. He said the launch vehicle is rain-protected and that the total mission cost of Chandrayaan-2 was ₹1,000 crore.

Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which had 11 payloads and was credited for the discovery of water on the lunar surface.

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