Ahead of the Chandrayaan-2 mission launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation has finally unveiled the first images of the launch vehicle. The moon mission will see GSLV Mk III carry three modules into space

India's ambitious space mission to land a rover on Moon, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to launch on July 15 at 2:51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. And ahead of its launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has finally unveiled the first images of the launch vehicle of the lunar mission today.
The photos uploaded on ISRO's website show off the launch vehicle in all its magnificence.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission will see indigenously made GSLV MkIII carry three modules into space -- an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lander has been named Vikram while the rover is called Pragyan. Rover Pragyan will be housed inside lander Vikram and will be deployed after Vikram lands on the lunar surface.

As per the information revealed by the ISRO, the orbiter is scheduled to orbit the moon while on the mission and then perform a soft landing at a site close to the lunar South Pole. Later when it reaches the surface, the six-wheeled Pragyan is planned to be deployed on the Moon's surface where it is expected to carry out experiments -- all the while being controlled by ISRO scientists back at Earth.


Interestingly, this is the second time in 10 years that India is planning to send a lunar mission into space. Chandrayaan-2 comes 10 years after ISRO launched Chandrayaan 1 in 2009. Although, unlike Chandrayan-2, the first mission didn't include a rover. Chandrayaan 1 was sent to the moon only equipped with an orbiter and an 'impactor' that crashed into the Moon's surface near the South Pole.