Chandrayaan-2: Watch live as India launches mission to moon's south pole

CNET | 7/22/2019 | Jackson Ryan
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The GSLV-MkIII launches from Sriharikota in 2017. For the Chandrayaan-2 mission, it will launch a suite of robots to the moon's south pole.

India's exploration mission to the moon is readying for launch. The Chandrayaan-2 mission, aiming to put robots at the lunar south pole for the first time, has suffered several delays leading up to lift-off. It was originally scheduled for July 14 but the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) postponed the departure less than an hour before launch due to a "technical snag."

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The landmark mission is now set to depart from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, north of Chennai, at 2:13 a.m. PT (5:13 a.m. ET), Monday July 22. Unlike the Apollo 11 mission, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, India's mission isn't slated to feature humans. Rather, Chandrayaan-2 is carrying three lunar exploration robots that will be able to survey the moon from both the surface and the sky.

The payload of Chandrayaan-2 consists of a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a lunar rover and will be launched atop the ISRO-developed GSLV Mk-III rocket. That rocket is about half as powerful as the SpaceX Falcon 9 and will put Chandrayaan-2 into what's known as an "Earth parking orbit" before the module uses its own power to extend that orbit and eventually position itself for a lunar rendezvous.

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Want to tune in to the historic mission? ISRO will handle livestreaming duties across its social media pages, which means you could tune in at the ISRO Twitter or follow along on the agency's Facebook page. The agency's YouTube channel is also covering the event.

Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan will broadcast live from 1:40 a.m. PT. You can watch that stream below:

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Why is this mission called Chandrayaan-2?

This is the sequel to Chandrayaan-1, an ISRO mission that launched 11...
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