India's second mission to the moon has been halted for the sixth time
- Chandrayaan-2, India's second
mission to the moon, has been put on hold due to technical injuries to its moon lander, Vikram.
- This is the sixth time that the moon mission has been delayed since its original launch date in 2013.
- K. Sivan, the ISRO chairman, maintains that this is not a 'delay' or 'postponement'.
K. Sivan, the ISRO chairman, maintains that this is not a ‘delay’ or a ‘postponement’ as ISRO continues to search for a new launch window in May. A 12-member team, headed by Srinivasan RK, has also been formed to look into the anomalies that occurred during the Lander Drop test.
Some structural damage was found during the test. And, then it has been found that this was because the test configuration and orientation was wrong. We will do some modifications but we cannot say that Chandrayaan-2 is delayed or postponed as we are looking for an optimal launch window.
This is not the first time that Chandrayaan-2 has been pushed to a later date due to technical issues. In fact, the moon mission was initially supposed to take off in 2013, six years ago.
Here are all the times that the mission has been delayed: