Sunday, November 8, 2009

Whispers of Chandrayaan II

Chandrayaan-II ready by 2012-2013

Bangalore - (PTI) Chandrayaan-II, under development to help in analysis of mineral composition and to undertake terrain mapping of the Moon, will be completed by 2012-13, Project Director of Chandrayaan Dr M. Annadurai said Saturday.

"The Rs 425 crore project will be completed by 2012-13. As opposed to Chandrayaan-1, which was a moon orbiter, in Chandrayaan-2 two moon rovers will actually land on the lunar surface," Annadurai said, inaugurating the Sixth National Student Conference at University Visveswaraya College of Engineering.

"Chadrayaan-II will consist of a landing platform with two moon rovers, one from India and one from Russia, which will land on the moon and move on wheels on the lunar surface, pick up samples of soil or rocks, do a chemical analysis and send the data to the spacecraft orbiting above," Annadurai said.

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