The epic journey of 3.84 lakh km to Moon, to land on it and explore its surface will begin on July 15.
Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO specifically talking about Chandrayaan-2, announced the launch of Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV MkIII-M1 is planned on July 15, 2019 at 02.51 Hrs from Sriharikota. Further, he said the soft landing of the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon’s surface is likely to be on September 06, 2019.
Chandrayaan 2 will be aided in achieving its mission by some of India's most advanced engineering marvels. Its integrated module, which comprises technology and software developed across the country, includes ISRO's most powerful launch vehicle to date and a wholly indigenous rover. Some of the advancements on the spacecraft include:
• Lander capable of 'Soft Landing' on the lunar surface
• Algorithm wholly developed by India's scientific community
• Rover capable of conducting in-situ payload experiments
Chandrayaan-2 has several science payloads to expand the lunar scientific knowledge through detailed study of topography, seismography, mineral identification and distribution, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics of top soil and composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, leading to a new understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon.