NEW DELHI - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had planned to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission on April 23. However, the space agency decided to postpone the moon mission citing the requirement of more time in order to be confident about "a perfect mission", India today has reported.
'Panel recommended postponing the launch till we complete all tests'. "Our panel of eminent space scientists comprising former ISRO chairmen, space experts and IIT professors has praised our preparations for the mission," ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan told TOI. <link>
However, keeping in mind the complexities involved in the mission as for the first time ISRO is experimenting with a orbiter, a rover and a lander, the panel recommended postponing the launch till we complete all tests and are confident of a perfect mission.
Dr Sivan went on to explain that tests for Chandrayaan-2 would take around 20 more days which would make them miss the initial April 23 date.
He added that unlike other missions, it wasn't possible to just defer the launch for one or two days as the ideal date for a moon launch comes just once a month. So, if the right date is missed in one month, one must wait for a whole month to get the next date for a perfect mission.
"After April, if ISRO launches the mission from May to September, we won't be able to utilise the full lunar day (14 Earth days) for experiments on the moon because of eclipses. Therefore, ISRO will launch the mission in the first week of October," Dr Sivan said.