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ISRO calls off ‘Chandrayan 2’ launch for today

ISRO was supposed to launch its first-ever lunar lander on Sunday 14 July. As part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, the lander will be riding on top of the country’s most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III. This is the news that was circulating all around India before 2 hours but abruptly it was called off for today due to a technical snag.

The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday called off the launch of India’s second Moon mission ‘Chandrayaan 2’ for today “as a measure of abundant precaution” after a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. “Revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO tweeted. The launch for ‘Chandrayaan 2’ was scheduled for 2:51 am today.

It is India’s second space mission to the moon which will be led by two women scientists of ISRO. The approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan-2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that’s 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.