Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): After so much anticipation and months of hard work the Chandrayan 2 mission was called off due to technical snag one hour before launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO informed.
The engineers are looking into the technical breakdown and will soon declare the new date as well as the details of the technical snag.
President Ram Nath Kovind was present at Sri Harikota for the mission as he earlier arrived to witness the launch in person.
The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months’ time.
Nicknmaed as ‘Bahubali’, the 3.8 tonne Chandrayan 2 spacecraft comprising an orbiter, the lander and rover will now lift off on the 640 tonne GSLV Mark III, India’s most powerful rocket that’s as high as a 15 storey building, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on another date. This was going to be the Mark III’s third launch.
About 16 minutes after its lift off from Sriharikota. Chandrayan 2 was expected to separate from the rocket and orbit the Earth several times before being slung towards the moon – a 3.84 lakh km journey.
If India succeeds in this moon mission, it will become the fourth country to soft-land a spacecraft on the lunar surface after the US, Russia and China, Israel had tried earlier this year but failed.