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Chandrayaan-2 to be launched on July 15

Chandrayaan-2 to be launched on July 15

India's second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to lift off at 2:51 am on July 15 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Space agency ISRO is giving final touches to the 3.8 ton satellite that has cost the country more than Rs. 600 crore.

After launch, the Chandrayaan-2 satellite will take several weeks before it heads for a challenging soft-landing on the south pole of the moon, a territory that has never been visited by any space craft.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Dr K Sivan said that as the mission date approaches, there is a nervous excitement as this is the most complex mission ever to be undertaken by India's space agency that costs under Rs. 1000 crore.

Dr Sivan said last-minute touches are being given Chandrayaan-2 and that and it will be launched using the "Baahubali" or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III).

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