Chandrayaan2 mission launch on July 15 ISRO

first_imgBengaluru:India’s second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, would be launched on July 15, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan announced on Wednesday. The landing on the moon near the South Pole, an uncharted territory so far, would be on September 6 or 7, Sivan told reporters here, as the Indian space agency is all set to embark on its most complex mission. The launch would take place at 2.51 am on board the GSLV MK-III vehicle from the spaceport of Sriharikota. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The ISRO had earlier kept the launch window for the mission from July 9 to July 16. The spacecraft, with a mass of 3.8 tonne, has three modules — Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan). Sivan said Orbiter would have eight payloads, Lander three and Rover two. The mission cost of Chandrayaan-2 with regard to the satellite was Rs 603 crore, he noted. The cost of GSLV MK III is Rs 375 crore. According to the ISRO, Orbiter, with scientific payloads, would orbit around the moon. Lander would soft land on the moon at a predetermined site and deploy Rover. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The scientific payloads on board Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface. The Orbiter and Lander modules would be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle. Rover is housed inside Lander. After the launch into an earth-bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module would reach the moon orbit using the orbiter propulsion module and subsequently, Lander would separate from Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site, close to lunar South Pole, the ISRO said. Rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface, it said, noting that instruments were also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments. Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago. Chandrayaan-1 had 11 payloads — five from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria — and the mission had the credit for discovery of water on the lunar surface. The 1.4-tonne spacecraft was launched using PSLV and the orbiter had orbited 100 km from the lunar surface.last_img read more

Game Over AntiBouteflika Protests Resume in Algeria

Rabat – Fearing that the Bouteflika regime is trying to trick them into ending their protests without achieving what they were aiming for, Algerians are out asking that the president step down as soon as possible.Algeria and the world reacted euphorically earlier this week to the announcement that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was no longer interested in re-election. Bouteflika’s office announced that he had “understood Algerians” and was ready to give in for the good of the country.For his decision to give up on his re-election bid, however, Bouteflika asked Algerians to allow him to stay in power indefinitely until a postponed election, originally scheduled for April 18. Algerians welcomed the news at first. As far as they were concerned, Bouteflika stepping down was a “small victory” needed for the advent of the “new Algeria.”Since Thursday, however, Algerians have experienced a change of heart about Bouteflika’s “grand plan.”In place of the celebratory mood on Monday, there now unfolds suspicion about the regime’s sincerity. Many took to the streets on Friday to denounce what they saw as the regime’s latest move to cling to power.“Bouteflika and his men must go as soon as possible,” Britain’s the Guardian quoted a 23-year-old protester as saying.In the boisterous streets of Algiers on Friday, others echoed the young protester’s sentiment, appearing to suggest that the president and his entourage have an ulterior motive.Algerian civil society movements agreed. They urged more protests, saying the regime is playing “trick and divide” to survive.The protests come as Noureddine Bedoui, the newly-appointed prime minister, promised that a new “technocratic government” would be formed as soon as next week. Bedoui said that he would “take into account the message of the protesters during the formation of the government.”Meanwhile, there are reports that some members of the political establishment, sensing that this may be the last stop for a regime that has ruled for two decades, are joining the camp of protesters.“Game over. Bouteflika has no choice but to quit now,” members of the president’s inner circle told Reuters on condition of anonymity. read more