India's Chandrayaan-2 Mission to the Moon in Photos

Space.com | 7/22/2019 | SPACE.com Staff
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India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, consists of a lander, rover and orbiter. Chandrayaan-2 launched to the moon on July 22, 2019, and is expected to arrive in lunar orbit on Sept. 6. The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is targeting the moon's south pole as a landing spot.

Click through this gallery to see photos of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, starting with the spacecraft's assembly and liftoff.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter, lander and rover launch into space atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III-M1 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island on July 22, 2019.

Chandrayaan-2 carries a total of 13 Indian payloads, as well as one passive experiment from NASA called the Laser Retroreflector Array.

Above - ISRO - Team - Satish - Dhawan

Above, the ISRO team at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, mount the Vikram lander onto the spacecraft.

The target landing site for India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to explore the lunar south pole.

ISRO - Diagram - Flight - Profile - Chandrayaan-2

This ISRO diagram shows the flight profile of the Chandrayaan-2 spaceraft as they fly to the moon between July and September 2019.

The orbiter and lander modules were stacked together and placed inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle.

Artist - Illustration - India - Orbiter - Bottom

An artist's illustration of India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter (bottom) and the Vikram lander, which carries the Pragyan rover, in orbit around the moon. Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1.

A look at the major elements of India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon.

Artist - Illustration - India - Vikram - Lander

An artist's illustration of India's Vikram lander and its rover Pragyan on the surface of the moon's south pole.

Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter, a lander called Vikram and a rover known as Pragyan. Here you can see the Vikram lander mounted on top of the orbiter as ISRO engineers prepped the spacecraft...
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