Chennai sources reported that this time it plans to send a rover to explore the lunar surface. If the April launch of the Chandrayaan-2, the country's second mission to the Moon, is not possible, then the ISRO will aim for a launch by October. Indian Space Research Organization chairman K Sivan told reporters “They are aiming for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in April. In case we are unable to do so, then we will try for a launch by October”.
Accordingly the Chandrayaan-2 satellite would comprise an orbiter, Lander and six-wheeled rover which would move around the landing site and instruments on it would send back data that would be useful in analyzing the lunar soil. Meanwhile after reaching the lunar orbit, the Lander housing the rover will separate from the orbiter.
Further after a controlled descent, the Lander will
soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy the rover. Sivan
said scientists were also gearing up for the launch of communication satellite
GSAT-6 on-board GSLV-F08, scheduled later this month. He said "Their
immediate plan is a GSLV flight. We are planning to launch it by the end of
this month. After that we plan to launch navigation satellite IRNSS-1I”.
IFF kick-started in Chennai Accordingly the 16th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival was kicked off in the city on Thursday with an inaugural function held at Kalaivanar Arangam. Reports added the festival will continue for a week until December 20. It is spearheaded by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), CIFF is an annual event that showcases some of the best National and International films and draws a huge crowd of cinephiles, both young and old from across the state.
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