In its second attempt, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, India’s mission to the moon, is scheduled to be launched at 2:43 pm Monday afternoon from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, reports BSS.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) rescheduled the launching time as the mission was aborted just before lift-off a week before.
The 20-hour countdown for the launch of the Rs. 10 Billion mission began at 6.43 pm on Sunday (Jul 21) and the countdown is progressing normally.
Similar time slots for launch attempts will be available till Jul 31, say scientists, after which a window will be available only in September.
The ISRO in a tweet message said it had completed the filling of UH25 fuel in the liquid core stage of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (GSLV Mk 3) rocket, nicknamed ‘Baahubali’.
The weather looks benign with a slightly cloudy sky. Rockets usually do not get affected by rain but lightning could be an issue. As of now, all systems are set for the 2.43 pm lift-off, ISRO sources said.
Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country after the US, the erstwhile USSR and China to land on the lunar surface.
This will also be the first space mission to rove on the south pole of the moon looking for water, ice and cold traps that could preserve the history of the solar system.
At least 7,500 people will witness the launch of the mission from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, the Hindustan times reported.