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In a case of ‘better safe than sorry’, the launch of Chandrayaan-2 was called off by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 15, 2019 after a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system. Citizens were understandably disappointed that the error was detected an hour before launch, but the excitement is still afloat for a second attempt, which is scheduled for 2:43pm IST on July 22. The mission, comprising a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, intends to map out the locations and abundance of lunar water.
A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later.— ISRO (@isro) July 14, 2019
If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will be the only mission to have landed on the lunar south pole region, where water ice is stored in permanently shadowed areas. It will also be the second mission to have landed on the far side of the Moon. The first was China’s Chang'e 4, which landed on January 3, 2019.
With Chandrayaan-2’s launch only three days away, here’s a timeline to help you trace the major events in India’s path to becoming a space power:
1920s Space research begins, courtesy studies by scientists like C V Raman and S K Mitra
1962 Indian National Committee for Space Research formed by Vikram Sarabhai, father of India’s space program, and physicist Kalpathi R Ramanathan
1963 First sounding rocket launched from Kerala to probe the upper atmosphere
1969 ISRO formed to harness space technology for national development
1971 Era of satellite launches begin. The Satish Dhawan Space Centre is formed in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
1975 India’s first indigenously-designed satellite Aryabhata is launched into space. SITE, an informational TV experiment for rural India, is also launched. Running for a year with massive popularity, it used NASA’s ATS-6 satellite, and paved the way to develop ISRO’s INSAT satellite program
1979 Bhaskara-I, India’s first experimental and natively-built remote-sensing satellite is launched. Its images were used in hydrology, forestry and oceanography
1980 India's first experimental satellite launch vehicle (SLV-3) is launched
1984 Rakesh Sharma becomes India’s first astronaut, spending eight days in Russian station Salyut 7
1993 ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has its first mission, and will continue to launch historic satellites for the next two decades
2008 India’s first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, is launched by the PSLV, making us the sixth space power to send an orbiter to the Moon
2014 ISRO’s Mars orbiter mission Mangalyaan makes it to Martian orbit in one go, making India the only country to achieve this feat
2015 India's first multi-wavelength space observatory, Astrosat, is launched
2019 The Chandrayaan-2 mission (hopefully!) makes a soft landing on the Moon
If you’d like to witness Chandrayaan-2’s second attempt, you can book seats at the viewing gallery of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Tickets go live from 6pm on July 19, on this portal.
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