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Countdown for India's 2nd moon mission remains smooth
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Countdown for India's 2nd moon mission remains smooth
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Chennai, July 22 (TIWN) The countdown for Monday's Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission launch that started at 6.43 p.m. on Sunday is progressing smoothly, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The rocket and spacecraft's systems will undergo checks and fueling during the countdown.  The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 2:43 pm later.  According to ISRO, fueling of the second stage/engine with unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and nitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) has been completed.  The GSLV-Mk III rocket with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was originally scheduled for flight at 2:51 am on July 15. However, the flight was postponed after a technical snag was detected an hour prior to the rocket lift-off. 

The ISRO later rectified the fault in its 44-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). Weighing about 640-tonne, the GSLV-Mk III rocket is nicknamed 'Bahubali' after the hero of a successful film of the same name.  Just like the protagonist of the film lifted a heavy Lingam in one of its scenes, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.  About 16-minutes into its flight, the Rs375-crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to sling the Rs603-crore Chandrayaan-2 into its 170x39,120-km orbit.

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