Chandrayaan 2 launch expected in 2012
(PSLV-C11 launches the Chandrayaan-1)
After the successfull launch of Chandrayaan I, which was done on 22nd Oct 2008, ISRO is working to launch the Chandrayaan 2 in 2012. Earlier reports suggested that ISRO was planning to launch it as early as late 2009 or early 2010, but ISRO Chairman, G Madhavan Nair , confirmed in an interview that Chandrayaa II will be launched in 2012.
The Chandrayaan 2 will be an Indo-Russian joint venture and will consist of a lander on it. This wil drop a small robot on the moon, which will pick up the moon soil or rock samples. The Chandrayaan II, which will be in the lunar orbit, will analyse and send the data back to the earth station. The rover, a Russian design, will weight 58 Kg and have six wheels, while running on the solar power. The rover is expected to lat for atleast a year. While Chandrayaan 1 was launched using a PSLV-C11, a GSLV mission is expected to carry the Chandrayaan 2.
A separate satellite, with the name of Adithya, will also be launched within two years as well. The Adithya satellite is part of the solar mission, and will study the solar emissions and its influences.
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