ISRO starts landing tests for Chandrayaan-2 mission


  • Indian Space Research Organsiation started series of ground and aerial tests linked to critical Moon landing of Chandrayaan-2, at its new site at Challakere in Chitradurga district, 400 km from Bengaluru.
  • ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC, lead center for 2nd Moon mission, has artificially created close to ten craters to simulate lunar terrain and test Lander’s sensors.
  • Chandrayaan-2 is tentatively set for late 2017 or early 2018 and includes softlanding on Moon and moving a rover on its surface.
  • The mission includes an Orbiter, a Lander and a Rover.
  • The Orbiter spacecraft when launched will travel to the Moon and release the Lander, which will in turn deploy a tiny Rover to roam the lunar surface — all three sending data and pictures to Earth.