Chandrayaan-2 slated for Jan 3 launch

India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, provisionally slated for launch on January 3, 2019, is expected to provide major findings about water on the moon.

According to Isro, Chandrayaan-2, which has an orbiter, lander and rover, will execute a never-before attempted soft landing on the moon’s South Pole region. The orbiter has a range spectrometer that goes upto five microns which will provide the water signature. “It is expected to yield strong conclusions about the distribution of water on moon. The dual frequency synthetic aperture radar experiment on Chandrayaan-2 will refine sensitivity to sub-surface water,’’ it stated.

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