Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh being briefed by ISRO Chairman, Dr K Sivan about the upcoming Moon Mission Chandrayan-2 at New Delhi on Wednesday.
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NEW DELHI: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, Dr K Sivan on Wednesday called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and briefed him about the upcoming Moon Mission Chandrayan-2, expected to be launched from Sriharikota around October-November this year.
Giving details about the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission, Dr Sivan informed that the total cost of the mission is about Rs. 800 crore, which includes Rs. 200 crore as the cost of launching and Rs. 600 crore for the satellite. This cost, he said, is almost half of the cost of around Rs 1,500 crore, which would have been otherwise incurred if the same mission had to be launched from a foreign launching site.
Chandrayan-2 will be equipped with a land – rover and probe, which will descend on the surface of the moon, from where they will collect samples of soil, water, etc to carry back home for detailed analysis and research. To this extent, this will be the first-of-its-kind moon mission.
Singh not only appreciated Chandrayaan-2 for being a cost – effective mission compared to similar other missions being undertaken from several other foreign countries but also lauded it for being totally indigenous in its expertise, manufacturing and material, which makes it an appropriate example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” Mantra.
Another ISRO Mission, GSLV Mk III-D2, scheduled for June-July this year, also came up for discussion.
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