NOT NOW, LATER … Chandrayaan-2 mission postponed due to technical snags


NEW DELHI: The launch of India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission on Monday has been postponed at the last minute due to technical snags. The revised date for launch would be announced soon, ISRO said in a tweet. The mission aims mainly at exploration of trillion-dollar worth Helium-3 on Moon’s surface.

The orbiter was planned in a way as to remain on the Moon for a year, scanning and mapping the lunar surface with precision. The mission aims at conducting experiments to map the Moon’s surface so as to identify its mineral and element contents, as also moon quakes and signatures of water-ice on the lunar surface, ISRO scientists were quoted as saying in recent reports.

India aims to be the fourth in a line to land on the lunar surface – a feat achieved already by the USA, Russia and China. –IHN-NN

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