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ISRO’s heavy rocket Baahubali is gearing up for Chandrayaan-2 moon mission on Monday

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ISRO’s heavy rocket Baahubali is gearing up for Chandrayaan-2 moon mission on Monday

India is all ready for Chandrayaan phase 2. ISRO’s heavy-lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV MK III) nicknamed as Baahubali, and its passenger Chandrayaan-2 are being readied up for their historic flight to the moon on this July 15. This was reported by the space agency officials.

According to an official of Indian Space Research Organisation while detailing the launch date and time said:

“Preparations are going at a hectic pace at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota for the historic flight on July 15 early morning launch at 2:51 am.”

About 16 minutes into its flight, the Rs. 375 crore GSLV Mk III rocket will put into orbit the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

This 640-tonne GSLV MK III rocket was nicknamed as the fat boy by the ISRO’s scientists. But Telugu media gave the name Baahubali as like the hero in the successful film lifts a heavy Lingam, the socket will carry the 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

According to the experts at ISRO, the Chandrayaan-2 will be injected into an Earth parking 170×40400 km orbit.

The moment it enters the Moon’s sphere of influence, on-board thrusters will slow down the spacecraft for lunar capture.

The Chandrayaan-2 is known to cost around Rs. 603 crores. It consists of three segments including the orbiter, the lander-Vikram, and rover Pragyaan.

The name Vikram is given to the lander in the memory of the country’s space pioneer Vikram Sarabhai and rover Pragyaan means wisdom in Sanskrit.

According to ISRO, on the day of landing, the lander Vikram will separate from the Orbiter and then perform a series of complex maneuvers comprising rough braking and fine braking.

Imaging of the landing site region prior to landing will be done for finding safe and hazard-free zones.

The Vikram is expected to land near the South Pole of the moon on September 6, 2019, and carry out three scientific experiments.

According to the ISRO, the lender will get separated from the Orbiter four days after the former enters the lunar orbit. Vikram will soft land from a height of 100 km from the Moon’s surface.

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