Isro’s earlier Mars mission (Rs 470 crore) launched in 2013 was also cheaper than another Hollywood space movie ‘Gravity’ (whose budget was Rs 644 crore or $100 million) made in the same year.
NEW DELHI: India’s upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission which is India’s second mission to the Moon will be cheaper than Hollywood’s sci-fi movie ‘Interstellar’ Rs 800-crore that cost Rs 1,062 crore ($165 million). Chandrayaan-2 mission is a totally indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander, and Rover.
ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan in an interview to Times of India sais that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will try to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission, involving a soft-landing on the moon’s surface and rover walk, sometime in April. However, there are various factors like moon’s relative position with respect to the Earth that will actually decide the launch date.
Dr. Sivan said, “We are trying for a dawn-to-dusk landing and rover walk on the lunar’s mission for maximum utilisation of the scientific mission. If we are not able to land in April due to various factors, then the mission will be launched in November. If we launch between April and November, we won’t get the perfect dawn-to-dusk landing and experiment time due to moon eclipses, therefore, we will avoid the launch in between. The perfect timing for the launch comes only once in a month.” ToI reported.
In NASA’s Apollo and Russia’s Luna missions, the rover landed on the equatorial region of the moon, but ISRO is planning to land the rover near the south pole of the moon.
The Isro chairman said that they have chosen the landing site near the south pole as it has big rocks that are billions of years old. Analysing these rocks and the surface will help ISRO explore the moon better and improve their understanding of the universe.
After soft-landing, the six-wheeled rover will get separated from the lander and move 100-200 metre on the moon’s surface and analyse content. It will remain active for one lunar day (14 earth days) and send back data and images of moon to the Earth via the orbiter within 15 minutes.