February 11, 2017

"Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was 'planning to deploy a rover on the lunar surface in the Chandrayaan-2 mission'."

international business times: According to a statement from the Department of Space, he said in the Lok Sabha: "The Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the Moon, is a totally indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. After reaching the 100-km lunar orbit, the Lander housing the Rover will separate from the Orbiter. After a controlled descent, the Lander will soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover." by Arkadev Ghoshal

'He added: "The six-wheeled Rover will move around the landing site in semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands. The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data, which will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil. Collection of soil and rock sediments is not planned in this mission."

'Singh, in another written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, said that given the success of the Mangalyaan, which ISRO managed to get to Mars at a fraction of the cost of US space agency NASA, India was also planning a mission to Venus, which is in the other direction from Mars.'

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