The launching of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the moon, was called off 56 minutes prior to the scheduled time on Monday. Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched on Monday in 2.51’m from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian Space Research Organisation said a technical snag was observed from the launch vehicle system one hour prior to the launching. “As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan two launch was called off for now,” ISRO said on Twitter.

An unidentified ISRO official said they will initially assess the launching vehicle to discover the issue, reported IANS. “First we must empty the fuel loaded from the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for additional investigation,” the official said. “This process will take 10 days then we can choose the launch program.

“There were four appropriate window periods for the launching of Chandrayaan-2 in July — July 15, 16 and July 29 and July 30, reported Hindustan Times. If the mission isn’t launched in July, the next window is in September.

Chandrayaan-2 would have tried to put a robotic rover on the lunar surface. If the assignment was successful, India would have become the fourth state to achieve a soft landing on the moon after the United States, Russia, and China.

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ISRO’s most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, was used to carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 into orbit. The spacecraft was projected to head towards the South Pole of the moon for a soft landing after traveling for almost two months.


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