ISRO Scrubs Chandrayaan 2 Launch

Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander (Credit: ISRO)

ISRO scrubbed the launch of its Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission on Monday. The Indian space agency was not forthcoming about the cause of the problem with the GLSV Mk. III booster:

A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at one hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later.

NDTV reported: “Sources said the snag was in the cryogenic stage or last stage of the rocket before it separates.” NDTV did not provide additional details.

India’s second lunar flight is the nation’s most ambitious space exploration mission ever. Chandrayaan 2 consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The orbit is scheduled to function for at least one year. The lander and rover will last one lunar day (about Earth 14 days).