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The Chandrayaan 2 mission has been called off owing to technical difficulties which were spotted in the launch vehicle. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has already put out a tweet stating that new launch dates will be announced. The Chandrayaan 2 was scheduled to launch at 2:51 am IST and was taking off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota located in Andhra Pradesh.
The Indian space agency ISRO would have launched the indigenously made GSLV Mk III launch vehicle into space which will carry with it a lander named 'Vikram', rover called 'Pragyan' and an orbiter which will be deployed on the surface of the moon in September later this year.
While similar missions have been carried out in the past by other space agencies such as NASA and Russia's Roscosmos, India's lunar mission is unique as it attempts to unravel the mysteries of the dark side of the Moon.
And all that is nowAnd all that is goneAnd all that's to comeAnd everything under the sun is in tuneBut the sun is eclipsed by the moon! - Speak to Me by Pink Floyd from the album Dark Side Of The Moon
Chandrayaan 2 launch LIVE Updates @ 2:45 am: ISRO officially announces the Chandrayaan 2 launch has been suspended indefinitely. According to ISRO's Twitter post, 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. The revised launch date will be announced later.
Chandrayaan 2 launch LIVE Updates @ 2:25 am: Launch has been delayed due to snag, ISRO to announce new launch time shortly. Stay tuned. The countdown has been stopped and a new schedule will be soon drawn up as ISRO scientists raced against time to repair the snag. More information from ISRO is expected at this point. ISRO to have a press conference shortly to announce new timelines.
Chandrayaan 2 launch LIVE Updates @ 2:00 am: Filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic stage of GSLVMkIII-M1 completed.
Chandrayaan 2 launch LIVE Updates @ 1:00 am: Filling of liquid oxygen in the cryogenic stage of GSLV-Mk III has been completed and filling of liquid Hydrogen is in process.
The Chandrayaan 2 mission will see GSLV Mk III launch vehicle carry three modules into space which consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander has been named Vikram after Vikram Sarabhai who is the father of the Indian space program, while the rover is called Pragyan. The rover Pragyan will be housed inside lander Vikram and will be deployed after Vikram lands on the lunar surface. The Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to launch at 2:51 am IST and the launch will take off from Sriharikota.