Chandrayaan-2 launch called off due to technical snag: ISRO

GSLV-F08 at the Umbilical Tower of the Second Launch Pad. Credit ISRO

GSLV-F08 at the Umbilical Tower of the Second Launch Pad. Credit ISRO

India has aborted its planned mission to the moon with less than an hour to go before lift-off, with officials citing a last-minute "technical snag".

Since 1962, even though there was criticism because of the overpopulation, India's space program kept on developing technologies that would help the country.

The countdown stopped 56 minutes forward of the originate after a "technical snag turn out to be observed in originate automobile gadget", India's house agency stated.

As quoted by the chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), Dr K Sivan, he commented the mission was "the most complex space mission ever to be undertaken by the agency".

With India postponing the Chandrayaan-2 launch owing to technical snag in the "Bahubali" rocket about an hour before it was to take off on Monday morning, people on social media said it is better late than never. "As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today", the agency tweeted.

The ISRO is expected to give more detail about the issue and announce a new launch date in due course.

The whole mission costs about $150 Million and will be the first one to land on little explored south pole of Moon.

A soft landing on the Moon refers to the touchdown and deployment of a device on the Moon's surface which can be used to relay information back to the Earth.

A solar-powered rover was then to explore the surface around the Moon's unknown south pole, looking for the existence of water and other minerals.

India deployed an unmanned spacecraft in an orbit around the moon in 2008. In April this year, Israel had attempted to soft-land on the moon, however, the privately-funded mission had crashed just moments before it was supposed to land.

The originate is ideal the starting place of a 384,000km (239,000-mile) stride - the robotic craft is anticipated to land on the Moon some 54 days later.

Ravi Gupta, the Directorate of Public Interface at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told ANI that the decision to call off the launch was imperative. "It was apt earlier, but now, India is taking a leap forward to reach space", Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said at the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Japan last month. India would not beget a rocket extremely efficient sufficient to hurl Chandrayaan-2 on an rapid course.

The Pragyan rover is being rolled into the Vikram Lander on the ramp that projects out of its side.

According to ISRO, the lunar south pole is intriguing as a large section of its surface can not be seen when compared to the north pole.

The Moon is the closest cosmic body at which space discovery can be attempted and documented. Nonetheless for the first time, Isro has chosen women to lead an interplanetary expedition.

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