Chandrayaan-2 a very important, prestigious mission: ISRO Chairman

The Bahubali rocket could be the GSLV MK-3 Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK-3 skyrocket weighing around 6000 quintals.

Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as "composite body".

The realm of the unknown actually begins when Chandrayaan 2 lowers its lander, Vikram, into the moon's surface.

A region of South Pole on the Moon s little explored till date - most lunar landings have taken place in the northern hemisphere or in the equatorial region. ISRO said it wants to gain more information on the moon's origin story and evolution by examining the moon's topography, mineralogy and more.

Annadurai's younger brother M Balasubramaniyam, who is a Kargil veteran, served in Indian Air Force for 19 years and who is now working in BHEL, Tiruchy said, "Chandrayaan-2 mission should also have been launched during his term as project director. Our mission has changed the way we look at moon today", Annadurai said. "Such a nice headline", the user added.The question "what you would take to the Moon" was originally posed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The GSLV Mk III rocket will launch the Chandrayaan 2 into outer space.

Once safely down, "Vikram" will release the six-wheeled rover, 'Pragyan, ' toscout for water, minerals, chemicals, the cause for quakes on the Moon, and critical evidence on the birth and expansion of the solar system. The material ejected from the sub surface allowed ISRO to detect lunar water ice - a valuable resource that could enable future exploration. A series of maneuvers will be carried out to raise its orbit and put Chandrayaan-2 on Lunar Transfer Trajectory. The orbital experiment will happen for about 1 year.

The South Asian nation's space program has grabbed global attention in the past. In 2017, it launched a record 104 satellites in one blast-off.

With India poised to become the world's fifth-largest economy, the ardently nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eager to show off the country's prowess in security and technology. The mission costs a relatively low $140 million, according to the Times of India. Isro completed launch rehearsals and pre-fill pressurisation of propellant tanks on Friday. The mission would also make India fourth country -after the United States, Russia and China- to soft land on the moon.

Some fans designed posters for the movie, highlighting India's space achievements, and Tweeted them to Akshay and other members of the film's cast. This was a historical day, as it was the first time an Indian built spacecraft entered the moon's orbit.

This point will receive light for almost another fortnight which will match the expected lifetime of the lander-rover combo.

The country's ambitions are playing out amid a resurgent space race.

  • Carolyn Briggs