India’s 2nd moon mission in mid-April Jan 12, 2019 0 164 12345 IANSBengaluruIndia’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 with a lander and rover will be attempted in mid-April, a top space official said on Friday.“We are targeting mid-April to launch Chandrayaan-2 as there were certain tests which could not be done in time for the earlier scheduled January 3 launch,” Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told reporters here.The details of the tests, which were yet to be performed for the mission, were not disclosed by the space agency.The window to land on the lunar surface is open between March 25 till the end of April, Sivan said.The Rs800-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission comes a decade after the maiden mission Chandrayaan-1 was launched on October 22, 2008 from the country’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 km northeast of Chennai. The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the moon to study its conditions and collect data of its topography, mineralogy and exosphere.After reaching the 100km lunar orbit, lander with rover will separate from the spacecraft and gradually descend to soft land on the moon at a designated spot. The rover’s instruments will observe and study the lunar surface. The lander has been named “Vikram” as a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman (1963-71) Vikram Sarabhai. RELATED ARTICLES Alok Verma quits govt service, says justice scuttled in his case Jan 12, 2019 0 286 SP-BSP alliance will humble BJP in LS polls: Akhilesh Jan 12, 2019 0 215 India being divided under Modi, help unite nation: Rahul to expats Jan 12, 2019 0 189 PM Modi to open Vibrant Gujarat Summit on Jan 18 Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit themed, ‘Shaping a New India’, on January 18 as the state gears up for its flagship biennial summit, which .. SC seeks action over illegal mining in Meghalaya New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked what action has been taken against the owner of the illegal coal mine located in East Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya in which 15 miners are trapped since December 13. “What .. India slams Pakistan PM’s charge of rejecting peace overtures IANS New Delhi India on Friday slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s charge that New Delhi has rejected his peace overtures, saying Pakistani ministers continue to share public platforms with internationally .. Protests against citizenship bill intensify in Meghalaya IANS Shillong Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill got louder in Meghalaya on Friday with three pressure groups burning the effigies of the NDA government and the legislation. In Shillong, activists of the .. Three Maoists arrested in Ranchi Ranchi: Three Maoist guerrillas were arrested with weapons here on Friday, police said. The Maoists, belonging to the outlawed People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), were arrested on the border of Ranchi and Khuti .. 12 boys paraded semi-nude in premises of govt company IANS Bhandara (Maharashtra) In a barbaric form of punishment, at least a dozen young boys were caught and allegedly paraded semi-nude inside the premises of a prestigious central government company on January 3, a top .. New drive launched to improve air quality AFP New Delhi India has launched a new campaign to improve air quality in more than 100 of its pollution-stricken cities, although an environment group said it lacked detail and the legal backing to ensure it is enforced. .. Soldier, officer killed in explosion near LoC in J&K Jammu: Two Army soldiers were killed on Friday in an explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district. Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said: “Today one officer and another .. Dera chief convicted for scribe’s murder IANS Chandigarh Holding him guilty of conspiracy to murder, a special CBI court in Haryana’s Panchkula town on Friday convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for the murder of journalist Ram Chander ..