India’s 2nd moon mission to be launched June 15

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced on Wednesday that the country’s second mission to the moon Chandrayan- will be launched on July 15 and expects to find water out there. “We are expecting to find water in the moon. We never left any stone unturned and we’ve conducted thousands of tests,” ISRO Chairman K Sivan told the media in Bengaluru.

The space agency also said the landing of India’s spacecraft on the moon is expected on September 6 or 7, he said. The total mission cost is expected to be Rs 603 crore, he added. “Chandrayan-2 will land near Moon’s South Pole. It will take 15 minutes to land,” Sivan said. “We will be looking for imaging of rock for elements like magnesium, calcium and iron and also for signs of water. It will also study exosphere of the moon,” ISRO said

While the orbiter and lander of the mission space craft will communicate to the earth directly, the rover cannot communicate directly because of some power limitations.