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Why Chandrayaan 2 launch called off?

Why Chandrayaan 2 launch called off?
Why Chandrayaan 2 launch called off?

Sriharikota sources stated that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said less than an hour before liftoff; india's second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 was on July 15 called off due to a technical snag. Meanwhile the countdown to the launch scheduled for 2.51 am was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before liftoff at 1.55 am following the announcement from the Mission Control Centre.

Why Chandrayaan 2 launch called off?

Furthermore confusion prevailed for several minutes before ISRO came out with an official confirmation about the launch being cancelled. ISRO Associate Director (Public Relations), B R Guruprasad said "A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system at t-minus 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today".

He added "Revised launch date will be announced later”. Moreover another ISRO official said "Launch is called off due to technical snag. It is not possible to make the launch within the (launch) window. (A new) launch schedule will be announced later." Earlier the Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to explore the uncharted lunar south Pole, 11 years after ISRO's successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, which made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.

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